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Alcorn McBride Supply Video, Audio and Show Control at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida


Alcorn McBride, the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, has supplied the video, audio and show control for the new Nature Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples.

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The Conservancy is committed to protecting the natural environment in the region.  The new Nature Centre includes two theaters which can be used for multimedia presentations.

Shawn Sessions, Audiovisual/electrical interactives coordinator for Maltbie of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, installed the equipment:

  • an Alcorn McBride V16 Pro frame-accurate controller for serial and network devices
  • a ShowTouch control panel interface,
  • two Digital Video Machine HD video players
  • four Digital Audio Machines for use in the theaters.

Two AM4s run ambient audio throughout the day whilst another pair is attached to a push button that triggers animal sounds. 

The ShowTouch control panel is located so that staff can start and stop equipment at the beginning and end of the day, controlling gear housed in a separate equipment room.

“The V16 Pro controls all of the shows, ” says Sessions.  “One of the DVM-8400HDs runs a 15-minute video in Dalton Discovery Center; a motion sensor triggers the show controller to start the presentation.  The five-minute shows in the [Jeannie Meg ] Smith Theater are also motion sensor-activated and run by the second DVM-8400HD.

“We’re very happy with all of the Alcorn McBride equipment. It’s working great, and the programming is simple and easy.  We love it!”

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