A view of the city council chambers in Wildomar, CA, featuring Audio-Technica U857QL cardioid condenser quick-mount gooseneck microphones, each attached to an A-T ATND8677 microphone desk stand with Dante network output.
STOW, Ohio — Wildomar was a town in the late 19th century, when settlers were still homesteading in what would become Riverside County, a suburb of Los Angeles that also encompasses Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and Desert Hot Springs. However, it was only seven years ago that Wildomar incorporated.
This year, the city undertook an upgrade of its city council building, outfitting the chambers with a new desktop microphone system. The new system had to be user-friendly and dependable. All of those criteria were met when systems integrator Gates Sound selected and installed a system consisting of components from Audio-Technica.
The system comprises 14 Audio-Technica U857QL cardioid condenser quick-mount gooseneck microphones, each attached to an A-T ATND8677 microphone desk stand with Dante network output. This combination offers excellent sound quality and high speech intelligibility with the ease of network connectivity enabled by Dante technology.
In addition to the podium microphones, Gates Sound also installed an Audio-Technica System 10 PRO rack-mount digital wireless system with a wireless handheld microphone. This system allows presenters to move about the chambers unencumbered while doing presentations for the city council, as well as enhancing the value of the chambers — which can be sectioned off with a partition into two separate spaces, each with its own audio system — as a rentable space.
“The Audio-Technica Dante-enabled microphone bases made this a very straightforward installation project,” said Doug Gates, Gates Sound’s founder and owner. “The audio equipment for the city council is located in a closet down the hall, and using the ATND8677 bases, all the city council bases could be connected to a local PoE network switch under the dais and run back to the equipment closet on a single category cable. A Symetrix Radius 12×8 DSP is able to accept the Dante audio streams from the ATND8677s over one network connection. The Symetrix processes the audio as well as the ATND8677’s built-in LEDs and user switches.”
And the sound quality?
“It’s exceptional, both for the city council microphones and for the wireless microphone system,” he said. “Every word is perfectly clear. That plus how easily and seamlessly the Audio-Technica products can be integrated onto a network make them the obvious choice for projects like this.”