Churchill Downs is revitalizing the historic property with the Q-SYS | platform News

COSTA MESA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 29, 2022–

To revitalize historic Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, Q-SYS Professional Services teamed up with integrator Alpha Video to create an AV foundation that spans over one million square feet and delivers exceptional AV experiences to hundreds of thousands of customers who pass through its gates every year.

This project presented several challenges for the design team as they were tasked with replacing 40 disparate processors, managing 650 amplifier loads and creating a consistent control system for this massive property. With the Q-SYS software-based, cloud-managed audio, video and control platform, the team reimagined each area with a single Q-SYS design file, giving them optimized control with precise granularity.

Additionally, the team was able to simplify end-user controls with dozens of custom user control interfaces, including intuitive map-based navigation where any intended user can easily select any area in the unit and remotely access volume controls and routing for direct access. adjustments on the fly, all without any AV expertise. The team also upgraded the life safety system, where any staff member can initiate a critical page that can span the entire facility.

The Q-SYS platform allowed designers to create and implement custom voices for 16 different third-party speakers. With the Q-SYS Reflect Enterprise Manager remote management and monitoring platform, the team can gain access to the system for real-time event support and consistent system monitoring.

“Delivering extraordinary experiences is uppermost in our minds as our patrons travel from around the world to experience Churchill Downs,” says Keith Wetzler, Principal and Executive Producer, Churchill Downs Broadcasting. “As we continually work to improve this experience, Alpha Video presented a compelling plan to modernize our system, which included the introduction of Q-SYS professional services. We knew right away that it was the place to go. Both Q-SYS Professional Services and Alpha Video translated our ambitions into a successful Kentucky Derby and helped create a standardized foundation that we are confident will continue to reliably expand as our needs evolve. “

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About Q-SYS

Make AV smarter. Q-SYS is a cloud-managed audio, video and control (AV&C) platform built around a modern, standards-based IT architecture. Since its inception in 2009, it has been designed to deliver personalized, connected and immersive AV experiences. With established solutions for corporate, education, hospitality, venues and events, cinema, government, healthcare and transportation, Q-SYS redefines what’s possible for live and virtual experiences by uniting hardware and software partners, developers and creators.

About Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs Race Course (“CDRT”), the world’s most legendary racetrack, has been the home of The Kentucky Derby, the longest continuously running annual sporting event in the United States, since 1875. Located in Louisville, CDRT presents a series of thematic races. days during Derby Week, including the Kentucky Oaks, and leads thoroughbred races during three race meetings in the spring, September and fall. CDRT is located on 175 acres and features a one-mile dirt track, a 7/8-mile turf track, a stable area and seats approximately 60,000 guests. The saddle paddock and stable area has enough barns to accommodate 1,400 horses and a 114-room dormitory for the backstretch staff. CDRT also has a simultaneous betting facility throughout the year.

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