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Independence Seaport Museum Serves Deaf Community with Electrosonic

FOH Staff • News • January 8, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Electrosonic Systems Inc. (Electrosonic) has performed a system upgrade to the Concert Hall at Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, to transform the theatre into a technologically-advanced space for the deaf and hearing-challenged communities in the city and beyond.

Electrosonic was charged with providing a multi-use entertainment system that was simple for the staff to operate.  The Independence Seaport Museum, located on Philadelphia’s waterfront, uses the Concert Hall for many different types of functions: high school band rehearsals, ballet performances and Congressional hearings among them.  The Museum wanted to expand its capabilities to include corporate meetings, movie presentations and a theatre for the Deaf that could provide captions for both filmed and live presentations, the latter with a transcriber providing real-time captioning.

“The Seaport Museum’s 530-seat Concert Hall is a perfect venue for the deaf or hearing-challenged communities,” notes Kevin J. McNamara, vice president of development and marketing.

The sound reinforcement system features a Peavey Digitool MC 8×8 audio mixer/processor and QSC MD-FP152 full-range loudspeakers located each side of the stage, which allow for fine-tuning of the audio coverage to maximize audience sound quality.  Dual Bag End high-power 18-inch subwoofers are also included for additional thump factor, greatly enhancing the hearing-challenged visitor experience with a physical interaction with the sound.  Listen Technology’s LS-82-SIR IR-based assisted-listening system is also included with 32 stethoscope headsets for visitor use.

A Crestron MC2E system controller with TPS-2000L 5-inch color touch panel in the equipment rack provides a graphical user interface for easy operation. The ‘smart’ podium is a SoundCraft presenter 36-inch multimedia podium, outfitted with a keyboard drawer and gooseneck light. “Electrosonic was on budget, on time, very professional and easy to work with,” reports McNamara.  “We don’t have a lot of experience in project management, and Electrosonic was very patient with us.”

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