University of Wisconsin Stadium Upgrades with QSC Audio System

Dec 20, 2013 4:41 PM

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Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin

Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the oldest stadium in the Big Ten Conference (1917), recently underwent a $1.4 million A/V system upgrade that includes the installation of a QSC Q-Sys integrated system platform with redundant Core 4000 processors to provide processing, control and management of all audio at the 80,000-seat venue. The new Q-Sys system handles every aspect of game day audio, from the main P.A. and all general access and VIP area sound reinforcement to post-game operations and broadcast media facilities at the stadium.

The Q-Sys Core 4000 processors join previously installed Q-Sys system cores, including two Core 3000s and two Core 250is already installed in both the Kohl Center and the UW Field House.

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Midas PRO1 and Q-Sys Designer

South Dakota-based scoreboard and LED screen specialists Daktronics designed the stadium’s new A/V system, which includes a video display at the north end of the stadium that also incorporates a large point source P.A. loudspeaker system. Senior audio engineer and electronic systems technician Shay M. McElwain and the team at the University of Wisconsin’s Athletic Department provided design and commissioning support.

“We were very fortunate to have Daktronics' Audio Project Engineer, David Sturzenbecher, assigned to the install. He performed a fantastic install and came up with some really clever programming to make the system thrive,” McElwain says.

The new Q-Sys system also includes a total of 35 I/O Frames and stand-alone I/O-22 units, plus a number of Paging Stations and TSC Series touchscreen panels, along with 93 PowerLight 3 Series PL380, PL340 and PL325 amplifiers.

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Four of the five main amp racks at Camp Randall

“The primary Core 4000 is in the north amp room that’s basically underneath the scoreboard, and the backup core is in a completely different area of the stadium,” says McElwain. The two Cores are on a fiber ring topology offering total redundancy of all audio signals. “Those Cores are also handling the emergency paging and building fire alarm interface,” he says.

Thirty-three I/O Frames and two I/O-22s located throughout the stadium handle signal transport from the main control room to the main and auxiliary loudspeaker systems in the concourses, concession areas and restrooms, as well as the various club and VIP suites, plus a party deck that is available for corporate and other events. “The clubs, suites and various other function rooms each have a TSC-3 touch panel to control the source and volume,” says McElwain. “There’s a playlist of songs housed locally on the cores, so they can listen to music if they want to, and it’s integrated with our TV system.”

The new Camp Randall Q-Sys Core 4000 systems join other Q-Sys cores previously installed on campus. The first Q-Sys installation comprised two Core 3000 processors plus QSC amplifiers at the Kohl Center, home to the men’s and women’s basketball and men’s hockey teams. According to McElwain, “We made the changeover to Q-Sys and QSC amps back in August 2010 at the Kohl Center and it just made the system come alive.”






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