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Community WET Keeps Waterfront Sound in the Fun Zone

June 22, 2011

Chesapeake City, MD - For more than a decade, the Chesapeake Inn has been a favorite spot for celebrating weddings, graduations and other memorable events, its breathtaking, windswept views of the Bay a backdrop for good food, good friends and good times. But the Inn's waterfront location presented an ongoing challenge to their ability to be good neighbors, with the sound reflecting off the water resulting in some complaints from homes in the area.

The multi-room facility includes an outdoor deck and Tiki Bar, both of which are quite popular during warmer months. But as Design Consultant Mike Rapp of Bear, DE-based Sound Solutions explains, sonic issues arose even with many of the more reserved parties.

"For the most part, they only had smaller two and three piece combos playing outside, while the larger and louder bands played indoors, with the music piped outside via the sound system," he says. "But there's a number of homes just across the narrow channel, and the reflections off the water would actually make the sound seem even louder. They were forced to keep the volume down on the deck to a point where the music just wasn't enjoyable anymore."

Rapp's recommendations included a total of 14 Community WET W2-2W8 two-way loudspeakers and four Community Wet W2-112 Subs for the outdoor areas, strategically aimed to contain the sound and direct it inward. "The WET-Series loudspeakers offered a tight enough focus that we were able to point them in certain directions to keep the sound off the water," he says.

While the weather resistance of the WET Series was also a factor, Rapp points to their performance as foremost in their selection. "Needless to say, we wanted something that would stand up to the elements, but the sound of the WET Series is just great - very musical, with a lot of punch and good dynamic range. We were able to reduce the outdoor overall volume by 8 db and improve the clarity at the same time." Rapp adds that stellar support from Community really helped to seal the deal. QSC amplification powers the system, and an Allen & Heath 32-channel console handles the mix.

Inside the restaurant, a series of six Community iBOX i2W8 two-way systems create a party environment for DJ and live music performances. "The indoor system's pretty powerful," says Rapp. "It's more of an after-hours type of atmosphere, and we had a bit more freedom in terms of not having to worry as much about disturbing the neighbors."

Rapp reports that the client is more than pleased with the results of both the indoor and outdoor systems. "The coverage is great," he says. "You can hear the music from nearly anywhere on the property, and it sounds good no matter where you're sitting. Now you can actually hear the difference between the good bands and the bad ones