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Canucks Sports & Entertainment announces sound upgrade to General Motors Place

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver, B.C. – Canucks Sports & Entertainment announced today the completion a multimillion dollar enhancement to Vancouver’s General Motors Place featuring the replacement of the existing speakers and sound system infrastructure with state-of-the-art components primarily manufactured by L-Acoustics. Home of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League, General Motors Place is one of the most active sports and entertainment venues in North America.

“Canucks Sports & Entertainment is extremely pleased to announce improvements to our sound system at General Motors for the 2008-09 NHL season,” said Harvey Jones, Vice President & General Manager, Arena Operations, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “We have installed an integrated system highlighted by the L-Acoustics speakers that will help ensure our fans receive the ultimate audio quality to enhance their sports and entertainment experience.”

The new sound system was installed by Rocky Mountain Production Services and features improvements to the main speakers, intercom, wireless and sound system infrastructures at General Motors Place. The main speakers consist of six line source arrays suspended over the ice, with 360°coverage from seats behind the glass to the Level 500 suites. The design allows an audio technician to vary sound levels according to the particular needs of the building. Geometrically centred between each speaker array is two separate subwoofer arrays, each consisting of eight SB28s. Upgrades to the centre hung scoreboard include the addition of six ARCS speakers to improve on-ice coverage. The entire system is driven by 23 LA8 amplifiers on a redundant fibre network.

Overall design for the new sound system originated from Canucks Sports & Entertainment Chief Audio Technician, John Riley. Riley, in partnership with designer, Vaino Gennaro, conceptualized a design intended to provide the ultimate fan experience. Fred Michael, President of Rocky Mountain Production Services, and his senior audio technician, Terry Hilton, completed system integration and installation.

The sound system enhancements comprise the largest L-Acoustics installation in North America.

Only two other NHL arenas are equipped with L-Acoustics manufactured equipment: Arena and the St. Pete Times Forum.

About General Motors Place
In addition to being home to the home to the Vancouver Canucks, General Motors Place is one of the most active and versatile entertainment venues in North America. Since opening in September 1995, GM Place has attracted the biggest names in show business to its stage and has welcomed more than 17 million visitors through its doors. General Motors Place hosts an average of 100 events each year.

About L-Acoustics
Sennheiser Canada is the distributor of L-ACOUSTICS a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Founded in 1994, L-Acoustics has established itself as a leading producer of premium audio equipment in 40 countries, including Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. L-Acoustics has been featured at such prestigious events as the 1994 Billboard Music Awards Show, the 1995 Grammy Awards Show, as well as Oscars and MTV Awards. For more information, visit the company’s World Wide Web site at: or Sennheiser Canada.

About Rocky Mountain Production Services
Rocky Mountain Production Services offers a complete range of technical and production services for events and installations. They provide professional audio, video, theatrical lighting, professional crews and stage management. RMPS has been located in Vancouver for over 25 years. For more information, visit the company’s World Wide Web site at: or call (604) 255-5787.
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