Coliseo de San Sebastian Features IN.LINE
Reliablity and Sound Quality is the Name of the Game for CBS
Coliseo de San Sebastian is located in San Sebastián, a town of more than 40,000 people nestled in the mountains in western Puerto Rico, about a two-hour drive from the capital city of San Juan. Opened in the spring of 2004, the arena has become a hub of community activity. It houses a basketball and a volleyball court as well as a stage that is used for seminars, graduation ceremonies, plays, and other local events. Often used, it’s a rare week when there’s not at least one event in arena.
"McCauley’s line array system is tough, reliable, and robust, and the construction is solid, which is essential since the client is relying on this equipment to last a long time, And so far the gear has been perfect. Nothing has failed even though the equipment is heavily used."
Caribbean Broadcast Suppliers, Inc.
During the planning and construction stages of the arena, Caribbean Broadcast Suppliers Inc. (CBS) of San Juan were called in to lend their expertise and help design a sound system both powerful and versatile enough to accommodate such a wide variety of uses. Founded in 1992, CBS is a family business run by Freddie Rojas and his two sons, Freddie A. and Alex. The senior Rojas was in broadcasting for 35 years before launching the company, and they have designed and installed systems in churches, arenas, theaters, and other venues with capacities ranging from 100 to 12,000 people. They also have extensive experience supporting touring acts, and they are all certified technicians.
CBS knew they needed a line array system to accommodate a job of this size, so Alex Rojas worked with Jason Farris and the rest of the system design group at McCauley Sound to create the best setup for the arena. The system was built as a center cluster
four hangs of IN.LINE line array hangs, each hang deploying a combination of eight N90 and N120 line array cells.
This was the first time that CBS had worked with McCauley, and Rojas says that they were impressed with both the people and the products: “McCauley helped us every step of the way, and worked with us to make sure the client got the best system while staying within their budget. We especially appreciated their attention to detail.”
Such attention was needed because the layout of the arena created some challenges. For instance, they needed to ensure that the line arrays were hung in such a way that they wouldn’t get in the way of a high volleyball shot, yet still direct the sound properly. In addition, the ceiling is angled behind each basketball hoop, and there are various cables holding the backboards up, so accommodations had to be made there as well. To make it work, they used six McCauley IN.LINE N90 speakers on the two sloped sides behind the hoops, and seven N90s for the other two sides, but they had to do a lot of configuring before finding the ideal positioning — a task made much easier due to the lightweight nature of the IN.LINEs.
“Since the IN.LINEs are so light, compact, and easy to handle, we were able to try many different placements without much trouble,” said Rojas. “You can’t say that for all line arrays.” In order to achieve maximum coverage, they decided to go with two clusters of four line arrays, and CBS and their client were thrilled with the finished product.
In addition to acting as the consultant, seller, and installer, CBS will continue to perform regular maintenance on the equipment, including some acoustic treatment of the arena in the near future. “Good equipment doesn’t fix bad acoustics,” he said. “Of course, the quality gear will make that job much easier. Besides, even though the space is not ideal, acoustically speaking, the sound is still excellent.”
And because they knew it would be at least 10 to 12 years before the arena could afford to add new gear or modify what they currently have, quality and durability were important reasons why they chose the McCauley Sound equipment. “McCauley’s line array system is tough, reliable, and robust, and the construction is solid, which is essential since the client is relying on this equipment to last a long time,” said Rojas. “And so far the gear has been perfect. Nothing has failed even though the equipment is heavily used.”