Milford, NH – When the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) was looking to add a video conferencing room to their Miami headquarters, they turned to Casaplex to design and install the system.
The room was to serve as a forum for video teleconferencing, local presentations, streamed trainings and recorded trainings. Among the chief requirements for the room was accurate intelligibility, in addition to an aesthetically pleasing microphone that was ceiling mounted.
Mark Templeton, Technical Operations Manager at Casaplex, explains the main audio challenges with this installation: “Using as few mics as possible to cover a large area, as well as rejecting most steady state noise and other frequencies outside the range of human voice.”
With those challenges and client requirements in mind, Templeton selected the Earthworks IM6-W microphone for the install. The main reasons behind the IM6-W selection were “superior intelligibility coupled with unmatched coverage area.”
The two IM6-W microphones are directly connected to a DSP with VoIP capability, which can also be passed through a custom built local PC for transmission of audio to the far end of video conference calls. A wireless microphone and receiver combo coupled with an instructor headset mic are available for live and recorded trainings for local sound reinforcement. Also included in this system is an array of ceiling speakers powered by a 2 channel amplifier. For local voicelift two zones of audio are utilized so that the audience in the rear of the room (farthest away from the presenter) can hear the presenter clearly. The video system consists of several sources (wireless & hardwired connectivity and local PC) that feed into a Crestron DigitalMedia Matrix Switcher. Everything is routed out to 4K video scalers to produce the best image for all displays. There are three displays from Planar, one 98” flanked by two 84” displays, one of which is a touchscreen, which allows for interactive presentations.
Having used Earthworks microphones for conference and boardroom applications for several years, Templeton explains his experience with the microphones. “They just simply work, and do so better than any other ceiling mics we’ve encountered,” explains Templeton. “The biggest difference is the pickup pattern and coverage area. This allows for less microphones and less complication, which brings about a more audio friendly environment. Not to mention improved aesthetics.”
Templeton notes the client’s reaction, who was greatly impressed with the sound quality and pickup range from just two microphones in the ceiling. “The Earthworks IM6-W microphone has the most rich-sounding quality of any product we have used. We are extremely satisfied with how much sound it picks up in our 1,300 square foot conference room.”