Montreal (QC) – Tyndale University College & Seminary, a Christian university with a growing number of undergraduate programs, as well as Canada’s largest graduate school of theology, recently transitioned to its newly renovated campus, which spreads across 56 acres on Bayview Avenue, in Toronto, Ontario. The large-scale campus renovation project involved 16 classrooms, the main chapel, as well as a hallway paging system, all of which rely on Q-Sys, QSC’s integrated, scalable audio solution.
“Because of the increased demand for teleconferencing, as well as alternative methods of teaching, we needed an efficient, centrally-managed control system for the classrooms, as well as proper audio processing with AEC available in every room,” said Rainer Halonen, Audio Visual Technician at Tyndale University College & Seminary.
Halonen, tasked with the overall design, programming, and implementation of the system, initially approached Ron Gabriel at Upsight and Sound in Barrie, Ontario, for suggestions for the classroom AV control system and the audio processing. Gabriel, in turn, introduced Halonen to Adam Plante, Sales Representative at SFM, QSC’s Canadian distributor. Given the scope of the project, Plante suggested the Q-Sys Integrated Platform.
Halonen adds, “Once I was introduced to the Q-Sys system, I realized that nothing else on the market really compared to its flexibility and its ability to provide what we needed. It’s truly an all-in-one solution that can grow with the campus and our needs, and that can easily be tweaked and modified as our needs change.”
The project involved the installation of two, 128 Flexi-Channel Q-Sys Core 500is, which are located in the campus’ main Data Centre, and are connected to numerous network closets across the building via fibre optic connections. In turn, each network closet is connected to the nearest classrooms via dedicated CAT6 cables. The two Cores 500is are also connected to the general data network via their respective auxiliary LAN ports to allow remote control via the campus WiFi network.
Q-Sys IO Frame peripherals situated in each classroom – loaded with either one or two input cards and one output card – handle the audio processing and accept audio inputs from classroom computers, iPods/auxiliary inputs, local microphone inputs and, in larger rooms, a Shure GLX-D wireless microphone system. Each classroom also has one or more Shure MX395 and MX202 ceiling microphones connected to Q-Sys, which processes the audio via AEC, and sends it back to the classroom computer for teleconferencing solutions. Some classrooms have either two or four AD-C42T or AC-C4T QSC ceiling mount speakers, while others have a mix of the above-mentioned ceiling mount speakers, or a mix of up to four AD-S32T and/or AD-S52 QSC surface mount speakers. The classrooms speakers are all powered by a GX3 power amplifier, as well as a TSC-3 touch screen controller installed on the computer cart or teaching station, that allows control of the classroom’s audio, its projector (via RS232 or network), and powered screen control (via GPIO). In some rooms, Q-Sys is also being used to control DMX stage lighting.
Additionally, Q-Sys handles the audio processing/mixing for events taking place in the main chapel, when the Allen & Heath digital board isn’t needed. The chapel system consists of one lectern microphone, one handheld microphone, and a Shure GLX-D headset wireless system, all of which are directly connected to the Q-Sys I/O. The Q-Sys system is also used for control of the chapel’s screen, projector, and basic stage lighting, as well as providing remote switching of the main amps via GPIO.
Furthermore, the new system enables programmable remote audio recording from any classroom via four digital recorders located in the main Data Centre and connected to the Q-Sys Cores. Additionally, the new built-in Audio Recorder component, which allows recording of up to 2 channels of audio in MP3 or WAV format, has been incorporated in four select classrooms to allow professors to record a lecture via controls on the touch screen.
Q-Sys is also used for the campus-wide multi-zone paging system. The systems’ amplifiers audio output is generated by Q-Sys IO-22 devices located in select network closets, and each IO-22 device is capable of feeding two zones. The paging system is also used in certain hallways to “reproduce” typical ambient sounds using the built-in white noise generator, a practice that is referred to as Noise Masking. This filtered white noise is generated within Q-Sys, and simply piggybacks onto the existing paging system. The paging system also incorporates TSC-3-B touch screen controllers installed strategically throughout the fitness room, the dining hall, as well as some of the campus lounges, which enable the connection of microphones and MP3 devices via a standalone IO-22 device.
Halonen concludes: “I am very impressed with the flexibility of the Q-Sys system. The incorporation of all of the control components – along with the associated scripting – combined with an extremely full-featured and great sounding audio processing system has made Q-Sys the ideal system for our campus.” He adds: “The online training modules got me off to a great start, and the rest has been very intuitive to figure out. There isn’t another system that can do everything Q-Sys can, and do it so easily.”