Elon University, Elon, NC, has chosen the Solid State to provide a technological and musical solution while maintaining a standard of musical excellence. Whitley Auditorium is the home of a stellar Three Manual Casavant Pipe Organ, however the university sought to have organ music for large events in other locations on the campus. In consultation with Casavant Freres and Solid State Organ Systems, the solution was realized with the addition of two Solid State Portal Systems and dedicated data and audio network.
Two additional consoles were built by Casavant; a two-manual and pedal console in Schar Hall (the basketball stadium roughly a mile from the auditorium) and a one one-manual console without pedal in Koury Gym (small multipurpose gymnasium roughly a quarter mile from the auditorium). Each console was able to connect via a dedicated CAT5e cable to the main pipe organ. The sound is then captured live from microphones in Whitley and amplified directly into both or either of the additional rooms. Each portable console has access to the main organ combination action; recalling piston settings on each memory level and creating new piston settings.
The musical result is flawless – a singer in either of the halls can be easily accompanied by the pipe organ whilst being fed data from the local console, to the pipe organ, captured from the audio system, and fed into the audio of the hall. Technology at its best, provided seamlessly by Solid State Organ Systems.