A Martin Audio MLA Compact system was installed to control sound for a performance venue located in the middle of a casino that opens onto adjacent gaming areas and a restaurant.
Grantville, PA––Control Point Technology recently completed an audio upgrade for the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse with Martin Audio MLA Compact speakers.
The fact that the performance space is located in the middle of the Casino and opens onto the adjacent gaming areas posed a significant challenge.
As Control Point Project Manager Aaron Replogle describes it, “The H Lounge is an oblong-shaped venue with a half-round stage that’s open to the casino and next to a restaurant, making sound control the most challenging part of this project. Our primary design goals were to keep low frequency volume from being transferred from the performance space into the adjacent steakhouse while creating control over where the sound was going in terms of keeping it off of the main gaming floor.
“We looked at a number of different options for upgrading the space and determined the best plan was to go with an MLA Compact system so we could use the software to create long, medium or short throw programs that would effectively expand the coverage when they had large crowds or reduce it when they had a smaller audience.”
The system deployed by Control Point consists of 6 flown MLA Compact cabinets and 3 WS218X subwoofers per side. According to Aaron, “because of space issues, the best option for the subs was to recess them into the walls to the left and right of the stage. To reduce the low-end impact, the subs rest on neoprene pads within the two double-walled cavities, each filled with 3,000 lbs. of sand. This proved to be a major advantage in keeping the bass frequencies from negatively impacting the steak house next door.
Integrator Control Point Installs Community Audio Systems at Two Ohio Racetracks
Hollywood Dayton Harness Racing with Community R.5HPT Loudspeakers – Courtesy Conrad Photo
Dayton and Austintown, OH – Ohio horse racing fans are celebrating the opening of a five-eighths-mile harness racing track in Dayton and a one-mile thoroughbred track in Austintown (Mahoning Valley). Fans at both locations enjoy the excitement of horse racing and casino gambling supported by the venues’ new A/V systems.
Owned by Penn National Gaming, both venues are “racetrack casinos” that include casino gambling, para-mutual wagering, live entertainment and several dining options. Penn National Gaming hired integrator Control-Point Technology of Lebanon, Pennsylvania to design and install A/V systems for both venues. Control-Point designed systems featuring Community R.5HPT loudspeakers. Control-Point’s Aaron Replogle says “Community’s outdoor product range has a great reputation for wide response and great sound. We knew the R.5s would give us plenty of level and even coverage with great intelligibility for vocal applications and good background music sound.”
The complete Audio Visual package came to life at the premier event where “Creedence Clearwater Revisited” performed to a near sold-out house.
Charles Town, WV––Control Point Technology of Lebanon, PA recently installed a Martin Audio MLA Compact loudspeaker system as part of the new high-tech Event Center at Hollywood Casino.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races describes itself as “a world-class resort destination, offering visitors a truly Las Vegas-style experience that includes 2750 slot machines, 98 table games and 26 poker tables, and both live and simulcast thoroughbred horse racing year round in a safe and hassle free environment.”
An intimate 1200-seat venue designed to get guests as close to performers as possible, the new Event Center opened on the July 4th weekend with Creedence Clearwater Revisited and is scheduled to feature artists such as The Spinners, The Romantics, The Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw, Tommy Tutone and Sinbad.
“Reliability & ease of installation are key to me,” says Aaron Replogle of Control Point Technology, the company behind the audio solutions installed in three Penn National Gaming facilities in Toledo, Columbus and Kansas City over the course of 2012. Citing both his familiarity with Lab.Gruppen and Tannoy and their reputation for quality as the primary reasons he choose their products, Replogle added simply, “They just get the job done.”
Although all three projects were different, similar systems – incorporating between 100-200 Tannoy CMS DC in-ceiling loudspeakers and various Lab.Gruppen C Series amplifiers, ranging form C5:4Xs to C88:4s – were ideal in each case.
An effective visual presentation is critical for maximizing the customer experience in a casino environment. The ubiquitous digital signage provides useful information to customers and offers point-of-sale benefits for the casino. Televisions located throughout the casino broadcast sports programming on a continuous basis for customers when taking a break from gaming activities or when they want to relax and enjoy a meal or beverage while viewing a racing event.
Developing a video and television distribution system that’s capable of managing the wide-ranging video needs of a casino is a challenging task. That’s why John Wise, CEO of Control Point Technology, chose Z-Band to meet his unique video distribution needs. Lebanon, PA-based Control Point Technology was the integrator charged with designing and installing the audio/visual systems for newly constructed Hollywood Casinos, a rapidly growing nationwide gaming brand operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.