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QSC Q-Sys for new Offenbach Kickers stadium

The Offenbach Kickers’ new €25 million Sparda Bank Stadium opened in July, housing a QSC Q-Sys integrated system that controls, routes and processes all of the audio feeds and systems at the new ground.

The Offenbach Kickers’ new €25 million Sparda Bank Stadium opened in July, housing a QSC Q-Sys integrated system that controls, routes and processes all of the audio feeds and systems at the new ground. Improvements to the outdated, underpowered audio playback systems at the Hesse, Germany football club’s home ground were high on the list of fans’ requirements before reconstruction began. QSC PowerLight amps, in service for many years at the Kickers’ old stadium, have been re-commissioned for use in the new facility, following extensive performance testing at Shure Distribution’s headquarters, QSC distributor in Germany. A QSC CX302 power amp was additionally purchased to power new fill-in loudspeakers at the outlying reaches of the stadium. Each spectator stand has its own control centre, with the main stand – which houses the Q-Sys Core 1000 processor – also acting as the audio control centre for the whole ground. This is linked to the other control rooms via a fibre-optic cable network . Most of the design work on the Q-Sys platform at the Sparda Bank stadium was carried out according to the club’s requirements using the Q-Sys Designer software before installation took place on site. The completed design was loaded into the Core 1000 unit once installed at the stadium, and final adjustments were then made to accommodate the practical realities of the installation. All the audio systems in the ground can now be adjusted and controlled from a wireless-connected laptop if required. Looking back, Alexander Hülshorst, head of the stadium reconstruction project at the design and construction company Beckhoff Technik GmbH, commented, “I’ve never worked with an audio networking platform that was so easy to integrate as Q-Sys.” http://qsc.com

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