Oundle School required a bespoke AV system for its historic oak-panelled
Having assessed the different requirements for the Great Hall, Proactive installed a large video wall with a fully integrated audio system. The 6 x 3 metre video wall comprised of 16 television screens. This was accompanied by a glass fronted lectern incorporating the Oundle School logo, fitted with two separate audio systems. Firstly, an unmanaged, ‘plug and play’ audio for day to day use in school assemblies and general teaching purposes. Secondly, an advanced, multiuse audio system which would be used for larger whole school assemblies run by the Head Teacher, corporate and general public events.
Plug and Play System
One of the main requirements for the plug and play audio system was for a user-friendly interface so any tutor could operate it independently. It was installed with an easy to use control panel. This allows the tutor to simply plug in their electronic device (laptop, tablet, phone) and the system will display the required content on the video wall. The system was fitted with simple ‘turn on and speak’ handheld and lapel wireless microphones. This enables the user to loudly and clearly address up to 300 pupils.
The multiuse audio system is more advanced than the plug and play, and needed to be very flexible so it could be used for a range of purposes such as musical concerts and corporate events. The system contains a mixing desk, installed within a booth on the balcony of the Great Hall. It is fully integrated with the video wall and controls all of the audio. This advanced system provides complete control of the sound and lighting ambiance, whether used by a presenter at the lectern, or a live band using a range of instruments. It allows a team of experienced technicians to manage lighting, sound, etc. with full control of the set. To make the controls within the mixing booth easy to use for the infrequent user, the system has pre-programmed settings for lighting, sound and visual display type.
Training & Support
The Proactive team trained the tutors and technicians at Oundle School so they can walk in and use this new technology with ease. Proactive continue to offer training sessions for new employees to Oundle School, and also provide technical support for any ad-hoc system issues.
The bespoke audio visual system accommodates all of the requirements of Oundle School, from small, simple-use situations to large scale occasions. It provides an engaging piece of technology which can deliver a huge range of content and has real “wow factor” for visitors to the school. Oundle School are delighted that the Great Hall can be used to its full potential, for both in-school and hired functions.
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