University of Alabama

Unstoppable Team Gets Unstoppable Sound

College football powerhouse University of Alabama recently upgraded their team’s workout facilities with a new sound system designed by Baker Audio of Norcross, GA. Systems Design Engineer Jarrett Jones says they were asked to work within a specific set of parameters. “The request from the design team was for us to design a system to not just overcome the sound of the weights & air compressors, but to create an atmosphere to pump up the players while they work out,” says Jones.  “The system couldn’t just be loud, it had to be loud & intelligible down at the floor with the weight machines —  approximately 23’ (down). The system will also be used for presentations via a wireless microphone so feedback control and intelligibility was crucial in the design of the system.  This is not a weight room system – this is a recruiting tool.”

For his design, Jones turned to SoundTube’s HPi series. HPi speakers feature SoundTube’s BroadBeam®HP technology which provides superior high-frequency dispersion with long throw characteristics. The HP1290i-WH pendant speaker was selected for the open weight room area based on its sensitivity, power, and directivity specifications.  It also blended in with the ceiling colors in the room.  A total of 24 HP1290i-WH speakers were used in the weight room. In addition to the open-ceiling units, Jones specified a total of 75 CM690i-WH high-power in-ceiling speakers throughout the low ceiling areas (weights and cardio) including (8) CM1001d-T-WH in-ceiling subwoofers to generate the same auditory impact as the open area portion of the gym.  A high foyer ceiling in the entrance utilizes (8) CM890i-WH high-power in-ceiling speakers for additional control.  “Any of these spaces thru the facility could be used as a recruiting tool and none could be overlooked in regards to intelligibility or high SPL,” says Jones.

The completed system provides the intelligibility and high SPL the team wanted to provide information and keep the players pumped with music. “It’s louder than a night club!” says Jones.