Ashly Pema Processors Provide Room Centric Design For Miami's 1 Hotel South Beach

Massive Hotel Complex Leverages Ashly Audio to Manage Diverse Sound Environments
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Guests of 1 Hotel South Beach on Miami’s strip can expect detailed attention to every need of the guest. 1 Hotel South Beach features 334 hotel rooms, 255 condominiums, retail space, a full spa and gym, three outdoor swimming pools, multiple high-end restaurants and bars, and–perfect for big league parties–a massive rooftop pool and lounge and nearly 50,000 square feet of private beach. It is 17 stories tall and provides guests with a 6,500-square-foot ballroom, junior ballroom, and 13 breakout rooms. 

A massive audio system upgrade budgeted at $2 million of the total $100 million renovation that Starwood Capital invested to launch the new 1 Hotel South Beach brand. Dante networking now connects 23 Ashly Pema combined matrix processors and multichannel amplifiers, a strategy that combines the simplicity and efficiency of local power with system-wide connectivity.

“The mixed-use property is right on the beach but offers a vast array of amenities and venues for every occasion,” said Tim Thorshov, principal of Accolade (Allen, TX) and the designer of all of 1 Hotel South Beach’s new comprehensive low-voltage systems, including a brand new audio-video system. “It has a large conference center and an abundance of outdoor spaces for parties. They possess the ability to source audio from anywhere on the property for use anywhere on the property: for example, when they have a party on the beach or in the ballroom, and they want to be able to pipe that music to the front of the building to draw the public into the event. It was the perfect opportunity to connect a massively distributed system using Dante.” Advance Home Theatre (Philadelphia, PA and Fort Lauderdale, FL) installed the new system at 1 Hotel South Beach.

The hotel’s zones broadly consist of several tie-in points on the beach and at other outdoor areas around the hotel, including the front entrance, the rooftop pool and lounge, multiple public areas such as the lobby and various concourses, two ballrooms and 13 meeting rooms (all appropriately separated), and the spa and fitness center. Using integrated Crestron 32x32 and 16x16 matrix control systems in the ballroom and meeting room spaces, the Dante network combined with the Ashly processors’ routing logic allow the hotel staff the ability to select local music or music from any other zone. Ashly and Crestron controls, or Apple iPads, provide intuitive control, either with a Crestron app (meeting spaces) or Ashly’s free, customizable remote app (everywhere else). 

The ballrooms and breakout meeting rooms are especially tightly integrated so that any combination of rooms can use any combination of audio inputs. The Crestron system includes control of lighting and LG/Samsung video systems. As a result, 1 Hotel South Beach can accommodate all manner of meetings and events. “They also have several DJ tie-in points on the beach,” said Thorshov. “They’re excited to spread that energy around the hotel complex from wherever events are happening, throughout the facility.”

Twenty-three Ashly Pema multichannel network amplifiers with built-in 8x8 Protea DSP provide localized power and processing. Ashly’s ne Series network Protea processors are equipped with Dante cards and act as the on- and off-ramp for the digital audio signal. The system includes four- and eight-channel Pemas, with outputs of 125W or 250W per channel depending on the application.

A huge variety of indoor and outdoor, large form factor and small form factor loudspeakers are efficiently deployed near the local Pema amplifiers. These include JBL Control 16T and 19T coaxial ceiling loudspeakers, Sonance VP82R coaxial ceiling loudspeakers, One Systems 108 Marine Series weather-resistant, ocean-environment-ready outdoor loudspeakers, and Sonance Sonarray landscape loudspeakers. “Apart from the minimal cabling and outstanding control benefits, using Dante to distribute sound allowed us to put the amps with the speakers,” said Thorshov. “That’s obviously more efficient and better-sounding than using a central amp location with long speaker runs.”

He continued, “Implementing the system with Ashly Pema combined processors and multichannel amps was definitely the right way to go. I love the sound and functionality of Ashly’s processing, and getting that kind of comprehensive matrix processing and high-powered, multichannel amplification in a two-unit rack space at a competitive price simplified things budget-wise and logistically. On top of all that, Ashly’s product support is the best I’ve experienced in the industry, and that was especially appreciated for this job. There were a lot of last-minute decisions and reversals, which meant getting the right products was a moving target. Ashly worked with us and made it all happen on time.”

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