March 2012: Cutting Edge


Want your space to be cutting edge? At Metropolitan Acoustics, we have our finger on the pulse of the ever-changing A/V industry. Whether it’s an interactive classroom, interchangeable black-box theater, or a 5-way divisible ballroom, we have the experience to create a design that will incorporate the most up-to-date equipment so your space is compatible with current technologies and capable of expansion in the future. We are also equipped with the most current computer software to aid us in the design of A/V systems and help us make accurate predictions of how they will look and sound. Continue reading to learn how we utilized the latest technologies to complete recent projects.

William Tennent High School in Warminster, PA wished to revamp the A/V system in their existing 2,000 seat auditorium as part of their building-wide remodeling project. As it existed, the audio system in the auditorium did not sufficiently cover the wide audience area and the two side projection screens were not large enough to be clearly viewed from every seat.

EASE rendering and photo by Nathaniel Green Metropolitan Acoustics.

To aid in our design work of the new A/V system, we utilized software called Enhanced Acoustic Simulator for Engineers (EASE). Using EASE, we developed a 3D model of the auditorium into which we inserted speakers to determine the best equipment to use and their optimum positioning to achieve even coverage across the entire audience area.

We designed a versatile sound system which achieves high intelligibility for presentations and rich, encompassing sound for live concerts and theatrical productions by incorporating EAW’s newest speakers, the QX-564’s. We also integrated an HD projector and a screen so large that there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Additionally, we incorporated a digital split from the auditorium’s audio system connected to a second mixing console in the school’s new Digital Music classroom. This allows students to learn to mix live performances in real time without interrupting the actual production taking place on stage as well as record their work for future practice and analysis.

Photo Credit: Metropolitan Acoustics

Campbell’s Soup World Headquarters in Camden, NJ is undergoing major renovations headed by KlingStubbins of Philadelphia. Metropolitan Acoustics designed A/V systems for over 20 meeting and presentation rooms including the Collaboration and Solutions Room. This divisible space is intended to be used by high level executives for sales meetings, presentations, and brainstorming sessions.

The room is equipped with a dual camera video conferencing system which includes table top and ceiling mounted microphones. The space also includes a 60″ flat panel annotation display. On this interactive display, presenters can build mock up shelf arrangements or make notes on top of a presentation or advertisement.

Any of these sources can be projected onto a 15′ wide screen through an HD video projector or displayed on a 103″ LCD screen recessed into the front wall of the room. Both video display locations include a full stereo sound system with subwoofers recessed into the wall. The space also boasts a distributed speech reinforcement ceiling speaker system focused on high intelligibility. Furthermore, all of the audio, video, lighting, and conferencing routing and operation can be controlled through one of the four touch screen panels located around the room. All of this technology enables Campbell’s to easily interact with their clients locally and abroad.

Similar Projects We’ve Participated In:

  • Philadelphia Family Court Building – Philadelphia, PA
  • Lockheed Martin Program Review Center – Moorestown, NJ
  • Curtis Institute of Music Lenfest Hall – Philadelphia, PA
  • PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center – Harrisburg, PA
  • Sea Isle City Band Shell – Sea Isle City, NJ
  • University of the Arts Caplan Performing Arts Center – Philadelphia, PA
  • Michener Art Museum Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion – Doylestown, PA
  • Cathedral SS Peter and Paul Basilica and Chapel – Philadelphia, PA
  • Cedar Creek High School – Egg Harbor City, NJ
  • Upper Dublin High School – Fort Washington, PA
  • Levitt Pavilion at the Steel Stacks – Bethlehem, PA
  • Lawrenceville School Father’s Building – Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Kutztown University Schaeffer Auditorium – Kutztown, PA
  • Lafayette College Theater, Media, and Film Studies – Easton, PA
  • Bryn Mawr College Goodhart Hall – Bryn Mawr, PA
April 2012: The Right Design the First Time
February 2012: What’s That Noise?