Skylands reached out to DFX because they wanted to increase revenue by adding a "Wow Factor" to the 120,000 square foot ice rink.
DFX wanted to incorporate as much as the existing equipment as possible in order to keep the cost of the project down. The facility was outfitted with high quality EAW MK5199e speakers; however, their drivers were blown, they were underpowered, and the placement was incorrect. We replaced and weather-treated the drivers, relocated the speakers with custom metal array brackets, and increased the amplification with QSC amplifiers. In addition to those updates, we repaired existing gear that needed service. We also added JBL ASB4128 subwoofers to increase the bass output which helps contribute to the “night club” mood they were striving for. We used Community Veris 8T’s to provide the audio to spectator seating areas. The entire audio system is processed with a BSS Soundweb London Blu processor, with several Blu-8 remotes placed throughout the facility for zone, volume, and source selection. There are separate zones for each of the two rinks, the upstairs cafe, the bleachers, and the lobby.
We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this installation. The owners were great to work with and they are thrilled with the new system as well. Not only did we deliver the “Wow Factor” as promised, but so far, they have seen a huge increase in revenue. Young customers have taken to Facebook to post about the exciting new facility and how it is the place to be on Friday nights!
In addition to providing Skylands with an amazing sound and automated lighting system, every six months we perform preventative maintenance visits under a service contract. These visits allow us to keep an eye on the equipment so that we can address any issues before they lead to system failure, which is not an option on Friday nights!