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.
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.
One of the features that stands out at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, is the 90 foot wide quarter-spherical domed projection screen at the “Hollywood on the Roof” lounge. The projectors are suspended under a catwalk in a Left, Center, Right arrangement covering the majority of the screen, with an additional projector shooting vertically to cover the upper portion of the dome. The property owners opted to replace the four existing projectors in order to breathe new life into the space.
Control Point recommended installing new Christie J Series projectors to make full use of the unusual canvas. Once the first projector was in place, the full impact of the Christie projectors could be seen and it was clear that the Hollywood Casino was going to be pleased with the product. After the physical installation, the individual images were warped to conform to the dome’s curve, then edge-blended to create a smooth transition from each of the matched images. The finished product provided the high luminance needed to allow Hollywood’s digital artist to use more contrast in the creation of new imagery. Deeper, darker, more saturated colors help to form more visually intriguing content while the brightness makes the digital art, sports, and video really pop.
The O.H. Lounge incorporates a huge 74 by 19 foot Christie Digital projected video wall, an LED video wall consisting of 18 55-inch Planar LED displays, a line-array audio system from EAW, and stage Lighting from ETC and Varilite.
The O.H. Lounge and Stage was one of the most demanding areas of the Columbus Hollywood Casino job. The large number of audio visual elements coupled with the unique challenges of the architecture and the constantly evolving process of new construction made this space difficult to bring to life. Even so, as we progressed through the build, it became clear that it was going to come together into a beautiful finished product.
The scale of the video portion is apparent from the pictures. The projected screen above the stage is a whopping 74 feet wide by 19 feet high and consists of blended images from three Christie Digital 20,000 Lumen J-series projectors. A video processing system brought the three images together to form a single uninterrupted “canvas” on which could be placed any number of video windows from the twelve tuner inputs. In addition, behind the performance space, an 18-display Planar LED video wall with matching processing provides a dynamic backdrop during performances as well as additional content display capability. Images can be displayed across the entire wall or can be windowed as the operator sees fit. Rounding out the visual elements are several 55 and 60 inch Samsung LED televisions, and a high definition Sony PTZ stage camera for displaying performances and promotions throughout the facility.
A large projection screen and twelve 55in LED TV’s make the Sunset Bar at the Hollywood Casino St. Louis one of the highlights of the facility.
As part of Hollywood Casino St. Louis’ remodel, several AV components were added. A large 9′ x 29′ curved projection screen was added. Two 10k HD Christie Digital projectors were employed to fill the space. The projected images are pixel matched and geometry corrected to fit the surface, and each side is edge blended to create single digital canvas matching the dimensions of the physical screen. A video processor is used to create content windows anywhere on the screen using any of the eight serial controlled TV tuners, even spanning the left and right projectors. The design also equipped the venue with twelve 55-inch LED televisions. The televisions, audio, projection TV tuners, and video wall processor are all dynamically controlled by the latest version of the Control Point software from a touch panel located at the bar.
This video shows three dimensional lettering with projection on the front face. There are two identical Hollywood signs – one above the turnstile at each main entrance to the Hollywood Casino St Louis gaming floor. Control Point took the lead on the technical aspects of bringing these signs to life. The video content can be updated and/or created by the property’s digital artist to fit seasonal or marketing themes, and to keep the content fresh.
Hollywood Casino Joliet, in an effort to lower their operating costs and simplify maintenance for a 20 X 68 foot curved video projection wall, opted to replace their three existing projectors with two 14k HD Christie Digital projectors. The space was challenging due to potential placement obstructions and the large size of the screen surface. The two projected images were butted together, pixel matched and geometry corrected to conform to the boundaries of the existing surface. The projectors were placed on 28-foot-travel Display Devices ceiling lifts to simplify maintenance and lamp changes. “Show” position and “Service” position stop-points are programmed into the lifts. The results are superior picture quality, fewer service issues, and lower cost of operation.
“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.