Syracuse University Auditorium Delivers World-Class AV with Extron
Extron products allow us to easily transform from a classroom-style lecture hall to a multi-candidate debate stage, as well as a 7.1 surround sound theatre. This versatility makes the K. G. Tan Auditorium in the National Veterans Resource Center at Syracuse University a world-class presentation and production space.
Central New York had a shortage of large venues that could support regional public, private, and sponsored events. Recognizing this need, Syracuse University included a 744‑seat auditorium into their new 115,000‑square foot National Veterans Resource Center at the Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Building. It was designed to support a wide range of activities, from a large lecture theater to a community or government agency event space. Similar to the other rooms within the center, the auditorium and its AV system had to be ADA compliant.
The AV system had to be flexible and dependable. System requirements included high-performance AV signal switching and routing, exceptional sound, intuitive system control, and remote management. Images and sound had to be crystal clear at each standard and bariatric seat. The space had to offer alternative ways to communicate with the vision and/or hearing impaired. To facilitate lectures and panel discussions, the stage needed to offer multiple points of AV connectivity and system control.
Syracuse University brought in Theatre Projects to design an innovative AV system that supported vibrant imagery and exceptional sound, all within ADA guidelines. Teamed with the university ITS Learning Environments and Media Production department, Theatre Projects selected XTP Systems®, along with audio and control systems from Extron.
The K. G. Tan Auditorium seats 744, with a two-tiered design that provides unrestricted visibility throughout the space. Multiple floor boxes on the stage provide AV connectivity and flexible placement for a portable lectern. Gooseneck and lavalier microphones are available for the instructor, presenter, or moderator and panelists alike. The main display is a videowall that is nearly 32' wide. Two smaller videowalls installed on either side of it are dedicated as secondary monitors. Located within this room are eight PTZ cameras that are for use with web-based video applications, including Blackboard™ Collaborate Ultra and Zoom®.
For the hearing impaired, the installation incorporates an Assisted Listening System and support for Communication Access Real‑time Translation - CART. The AV system enables captions to be displayed on either or both smaller videowalls.
The control center is located between the tiers at the back of the room. Multiple monitors and a bank of windows enable support staff visibility into the auditorium.
Syracuse University students, faculty, and staff benefit greatly from the ease of use of Extron equipment in the NVRC’s K.G. Tan Auditorium.
XTP High Performance and Reliability Ideal for Live Events
To compliment a separate SDI routing system, four XTP HDMI outputs feed Extron signal processors that convert HDMI signals to SDI. The signals are then passed to a 32x32 SDI matrix switcher. When the SDI sources are upgraded in the future, the modular nature of the XTP II CrossPoint® matrix switcher will allow the current 3G-SDI input board to be replaced with a 12G-SDI version. Additional XTP® HDMI and twisted pair I/O boards support the other devices. Audio, video, and control signals are extended from the matrix switcher to XTP transmitters and scaling receivers using a twisted pair cable infrastructure.
Four outputs on the XTP II matrix are connected to an Extron
Professional-Grade Surround Sound
In addition to high-performance AV switching with the XTP system, clear, echo-free sound from local and remote sources is vital within this large space. The integration team installed an Extron
Streamlined System Control with Extron
For intuitive AV system operation, the installation offers multiple points of control within the auditorium and the adjacent control room. Extron TouchLink® Pro touchpanels are located in the control room and the front wall of the auditorium. Floor boxes in the stage also offer several connectivity points for a touchpanel. A touchpanel and display in each green room enable visibility of events taking place within the auditorium. The touchpanels work in conjunction with an Extron IP Link® Pro control processor to provide complete system control. Using an iPad running the Extron Control app, instructors and presenters can use the GUI on the tablet to control all system operations from anywhere in the room.
When the auditorium serves as a large lecture hall, the instructor can present and control the system using a standard university teaching station connected to one of the stage floor boxes. The station is a Steelcase® Airtouch® height‑adjustable table that includes a micro-computer running Microsoft® Windows® and the University’s Registrar Classroom Software, as well as a variety of AV devices. An Extron Cable Cubby® enclosure provides connectivity for HDMI, USB, network, and power. An Extron 10" tabletop TouchLink Pro touchpanel provides user-friendly AV system control.
From lecture-style classes to national press conferences, Extron’s AV products provide the capability to seamlessly configure the NVRC’s K.G. Tan Auditorium to support the wide variety of events that occur in the space.
Extron SMP and Kaltura Ensure Pristine Lecture Capture and Streaming
For powerful live and on-demand lecture video capture with content management, the installation includes an Extron
Housed within Syracuse University’s NVRC, the K. G. Tan Auditorium and multi-media center serves all students, specifically those who are or were members of the US military and their families. The facility has been in constant use for lectures throughout the pandemic. Now, as the pandemic continues to wane, it is being used for an ever-expanding range of presentations. The university and various third-party entities are hosting successful community activities, public information presentations for the residents of Central New York, and national convening events and conferences.
The auditorium completely fulfills the university’s intent for the space. The advanced AV system, complete with Extron XTP, surround sound, and intuitive control, facilitates higher learning, community, and comradery for all.