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Audio upgrade for Morphettville Racecourse

Horder Communication Solutions (HCS) has recently completed an upgrade of the indoor and outdoor audio systems at Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia.

The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) is South Australia’s largest premier racing club, playing host to 58 days of racing action throughout the year at Morphettville Racecourse.

In addition to racing on a weekly basis, Morphettville is a multipurpose venue featuring 22 function rooms able to host events of all occasions 7 days a week.

Early in 2017 the SAJC published an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the upgrade of the audio systems at the Morphettville Racecourse.

The existing audio systems were based on a network of Media Matrix Nion controllers and primarily Lab.gruppen amplifiers, which were to be retained.

The loudspeakers were a diverse collection of box and ceiling loudspeakers, of varying quality and suitability. Overall, most areas did not perform well and complaints from members and guests were frequent.

HCS responded to the EOI, presenting a solution utilising the Community range of products. HCS had recently upgraded the Strathalbyn Race Track with a combination of Community D4 ceiling loudspeakers and R SERIES outdoor loudspeakers and the result had been described by the club as “stunning,” so it was a compelling choice to continue with the Community solution.

Providing audio to multiple zones, the sources varied from ‘all venue’ Race Day caller, broadcasts from local and interstate meetings, to conference presentation and live sound reinforcement.

The systems needed to provide a diverse range of acoustic solutions in the different areas to be covered.

These included: large open indoor areas, requiring high resolution reproduction in noisy environments from ceiling speakers; two large open conference and exhibition pavilions with high ceilings; multiple intimate conference and presentation areas; the Main Grandstand and Horse Mounting Area; Heritage Grandstands, requiring sensitive loudspeaker positioning; and Lawn Areas.

After acceptance of the HCS bid, EASE™ modeling of all areas was carried out by Hills AV technical staff in conjunction with HCS, to provide final validation of the solution and the BOM, which included 338 Community D SERIES ceiling and pendant loudspeakers, 12 D SERIES subwoofers and forty-four R SERIES loudspeakers.

Community provided input files that made this process simple and accurate, with results that closely aligned with the predictions.

Blake Kirby of Hills AV said:

The system proved itself on Race Day. With thousands of racegoers in attendance it was possible to walk from any location to another within the complex and be subjected to the same uniform, outstanding sound quality.