City Winery venues across the U.S. combine a winery with concerts, food and wine classes, fine dining, and more. With more than 300 events in 2016, City Winery decided it was time to redesign and renovate its AV technology to communicate seamlessly across each venue’s many rooms. To do so, they called on Nashville-based technology integration firm, Tour Supply Inc.
“We were approached to help design a new AV system in City Winery’s Nashville location that would connect all technology through a singular interface,” said technology integrator Lance Wascom of Tour Supply Inc. “We suggested that ELAN serve as the venue’s ‘brain,’ and built out the system from there. City Winery then asked us to design expanded AV renovations for its Atlanta, New York, and Washington, D.C. locations.”
The systems across City Winery’s multiple locations are nearly identical. Wascom and his team installed one ELAN gMV1616 HDMI 16x16 Matrix and two ELAN gSC10 System Controllers to distribute the content and automate it. They also integrated seven ELAN gTP7 in-wall touch panels, one ELAN KP7, and the ELAN App on employees’ phones, which enables instant control from anywhere. Now, any employee in the New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Nashville locations can control displays, televisions, and projectors, as well as the multi-room audio and lighting systems. Distribution of audio and video is Cat-5 to HDMI. Since the venue often holds various events that use both professional and commercial audio simultaneously, the need to distribute multiple signal types is important.
“City Winery will often hold a private dinner, cooking class, and concert simultaneously, in different rooms of the same venue,” Wascom explained. “Each of these events requires a unique audio and video signal. With only one ELAN gMV1616, we can distribute that content seamlessly. And through the ELAN controller, we are able to automate each device.”
Additionally, 24 Lutron RadioRA2 Decora Dimmers, four Lutron RadioRA2 Dimming LED Drivers, and four Lutron RadioRA2 Wall Mount Keypads are integrated into the ELAN system to enable instant control and automation of the venue’s lighting system. “The lighting varies significantly from room to room,” Wascom said. “We integrated stage lighting into the same system that we integrated recessed mood lighting into. We ended up with 40 dimmable loads of Lutron including PHPM power extenders, LED drivers, and 0-10v dimming modules.”
The venue also uses multiple displays throughout, especially in the concert venue area. Tour Supply Inc. integrated a Gefen EXT-HD-DSMP Digital Signage Media Player. Through it, they can easily distribute digital signage content to multiple displays across the venue. “This product is perfect for this application because it supports up to 1080p video HDMI,” Wascom commented.