SoundTube Enhances Arizona Students’ Learning Experience
Communications students at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff) were given new collaboration tools
in early 2014 for easier management of video projects. With a combination of SoundTube FP6020-II
speakers and an intuitive control system from Crestron, integrator AVDomotics set up four collaboration
workstations in the communications lab and a master workstation for the instructors. At each
collaboration table, students can bring up a video project, discuss it with their immediate workgroup,
then at the press of a button, can place the video on the main classroom screen for everyone to view.
Audio for each table is sent to the FP domes, which allow the workstation groups to listen to either their
independent audio sources or the main classroom feed without interference from adjacent
“Before this project, students had to transfer their projects to a single lectern computer to share with
the rest of the class,” says Andy White of AVDomotics. “This process was often clumsy and cumbersome,
which detracted from the speed and work flow. Students would often stand and crowd around one
computer workstation for impromptu learning moments.” Now, Andy reports, students can remain
seated and everyone can easily see and hear the content of other students’ videos. He says professors
expectations have been “far exceeded” by the system and that workflow has been greatly improved.
AVDomotics also identified the need for good audio quality at NAU’s Student Union building and
recommended the use of SoundTube speakers in that location. Several HP890i speakers were installed
in the Student Union cafeteria for music and paging.