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SuperConductor Features and Tour

SuperConductorIf you have a SuperConductor the video below is a ‘must view’ – scroll down and click the triangle to play.   The screencast walks through each web-configuration page of the unit.  Learn how to upload MP3 content to the SuperConductor, manage the password, assign sounds for emergency access, how to create a schedule of sounds to play automaticaly, how to turn on remote control of the device, how to record remotely and more.   If you have additional questions or need product support, our technical staff is available to assist you.  The SuperConductor PDF manual can be downloaded from this link.
» Frequently Asked Questions
» Guide to Connecting your Computer to the SuperConductor


Background: The SuperConductor is an audio playback and recording device for government applications – it combines the easy, on-demand playback of an MP3 player with sophisticated automatic playback capabilities.  It schedules base operations, plays music at events and ceremonies, plays sirens at FOBs, creates realistic training environments, and is ideal for PSYOPS and deception use.

The SuperConductor can be used with Technomad military PA systems, or with non-Technomad audio solutions such as building paging systems.

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Pre-Quote Questions – what we need to know

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Technomad HumVee mounted PA system

Ordering a new PA system can be confusing, which is why Technomad  is happy to help you with your PA system design.   We’ve created a list of key questions that help us select the right PA package for your application.    To learn what Technomad needs to know to create your military audio / giant voice / mobile / training / PSYOPs or other government audio system, click here to review the pre-quote question list.  Know the answers to these questions and your system design will be a walk in the park.

We look forward to supporting your mission.

Technomad Military PA System Helps New Civil Affairs Brigade Unit

 

 

Technomad LLP, a leader in high-powered weatherproof PA systems and communications equipment for military, security and other government applications, announces that the US Army 361st Civil Affairs Brigade in Germany is using a Technomad Military PA System and SuperConductor mp3 military player/recorder for military training and simulation.

 

The 361st Civil Affairs Brigade is a new Civil Affairs unit within the US Army Reserve Command, established to diplomatically work with local populations in foreign environments.The unit’s Annual Training Exercise emphasizes this diplomatic effort, training soldiers to fight for battle as well as to talk, negotiate, persuade and assist the local populace.The goal of the Civil Affairs Unit mission is to “Win The Hearts and Minds” of locals through civil military operations.

 

The Civil Affairs Brigade Unit Relies on Technomad's Clear Audio and Powerful Output to Reliably Cut Through the Nearby Dense Forests During Training Exercises
The Civil Affairs Brigade Unit Relies on Technomad's Clear Audio and Powerful Output to Reliably Cut Through the Nearby Dense Forests During Training Exercises

 

 

The Technomad Military PA system, featuring two weatherproof loudspeakers, an amplifier and mixer among other components, plays an instrumental role in the exercise, partially acting as a force multiplier during convoy lane training to simulate explosions.The system was also used at a simulated displaced personnel camp, projecting crowd noises, music and other sounds to enhance the training environment and create a foreign environment for soldiers.Audio files were programmed in the SuperConductor ahead of the exercise for easy recall via a front panel knob and push button.

 

“Adding realism to every bit of training is paramount for soldiers to understand how to react in foreign environments once deployed,” said CPT Ryan Bromenschenkel of the US Army 361st Civil Affairs Brigade.“When the day comes to perform at your given task, you can perform with ease knowing that you have been there before through extensive training.The Technomad Military PA System helps us achieve this realism by providing a portable system with outstanding audio clarity.We were able to mentally prepare soldiers by playing foreign sounds, music and language whether inside the personnel camp or a half a mile away in the forest.”

 

Bromenschenkel noted that the amplified sounds projected from the Technomad system were able to cut through the heavy dense forest and the sounds of nearby loggers.He added that the entire system can be set up in five minutes or less with ease, which was pertinent with only 12 personnel on site to set up for the entire exercise.

 

The goal of the Civil Affairs Unit's Mission is to “Win The Hearts and Minds” of Locals Through Civil Military Operations; Technomad Military PA Systems and SuperConductor Military Audio Players Help Them Achieve this Mission.
The Unit's Mission is to "Win The Hearts and Minds" Through Civil Military Operations. Technomad Military PA Systems and SuperConductor Military Audio Players Help them Achieve this Mission.

 

 

Technomad Turnkey Military PA Systems offer a unique combination of power, compact size, weatherproof construction and clear speech and music reproduction, providing far superior intelligibility than traditional ‘horn’ speaker systems that suffer from inherent distortion and narrow audio bandwidth. The complete systems include Technomad weatherproof loudspeakers with gasketed lids for extra protection, a pre-wired amplifier, a six-channel mixer, source equipment, a dynamic microphone cables, connectors, and a shockmount equipment rack.

 

Options include the SuperConductor, a 1RU system that allows for manual and scheduled playback of audio files from a front panel position and without the need for a computer or web browser; and the ability to record field audio and immediately schedule the files for playback from its internal sound library.Scheduling can be as straightforward or complex as desired; sounds can be programmed to play hourly, daily, weekly or annually, also making the unit ideal as a message repeater in both critical and non-critical situations.

 

ABOUT TECHNOMAD

Technomad LLP, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range military PA systems and now offers eight models with range up to one mile, as well as the SuperConductor military MP3 player and FireFly ultra-lightweight PA system.

 

For Additional information, contact:
Military Sales, Technomad Inc.
USA: 617.275.8898 x 710
International: 617.275.8898 x 710
Email: [email protected]

 


Technomad FireFly Delivers First Backpack-Portable Weatherproof PA System

 

 

Technomad LLP, a leader in high-powered weatherproof PA systems and communications equipment for military, security and other government applications, introduces the FireFly Micro PA Unit, the first portable, weatherproof, self-casing, all-in-one PA system for the military.The FireFly meets the requirements of a man-pack PA system while offering Technomad’s unsurpassed combination of audio quality, high power output, quick setup and ruggedness.

» View the FireFly Product Page

 

Technomad is known worldwide for its Military PA Systems, which offer long-range audio output for fixed and mobile military/Giant Voice applications including mass notification, force protection, combat simulation and training, and ceremonies and events.The FireFly brings the same exceptional audio quality and durability for smaller-range applications where portable, backpack-carried audio can benefit tactical military operations in the field.Applications include Special Forces and PSYOPS missions where the FireFly’s loud, clear audio output and long battery life allow troops and military personnel to broadcast voice and audio on the move.

The FireFly is completely immersable in water when the lid and hatch is closed. The hatch protects weather-resistant controls for a variety of audio levels.


At a lightweight 25 pounds, the FireFly is useful for mobile vehicle-mounted applications and fixed building-mounted PA systems for training and events.The standard package features an internal four-channel mixer and battery, a wireless microphone and modular expansion slots for audio sources including mp3 players, CD players and the Technomad SuperConductor military player module.An optional network interface allows operators to stream audio to other PA systems or receive audio over a network via a wireless, Ethernet LAN or analog twisted-pair connection.

 

For tactical operations, the addition of the Technomad SuperConductor military player module, an operator can schedule a sequence of sounds at a specific time, hide the unit and move to a safe location.The combined force of the FireFly and SuperConductor can automatically play back messages, weapon simulations and sound effects at the target.The efficient loudspeaker design features a unique, anti-resonant horn design for minimal distortion and smoother audio response.

 

Technomad’s standard weatherproof construction is taken one step further with the FireFly, which offers a fully-sealed design when in “case-mode.”Military personnel on the move can completely immerse the FireFly in water when its lid and hatch is closed.The unit also floats when in case-mode.The back controls and screens are visible through the clear back hatch, and once opened in a safer environment the operator can make adjustments of the weather-resistant rear controls.

 

The FireFly’s quick setup time and ease of use makes it perfect for firing line training, A/V event support, ceremonial use, or other around-the-base audio applications.  Setup time from case-mode to operating is just 30 seconds.

 

Weighing just 25 pounds, the FireFly is useful for mobile vehicle-mounted applications and fixed building-mounted PA systems in addition to portable, backpack applications.
Weighing just 25 pounds, the FireFly is useful for mobile vehicle-mounted applications and fixed building-mounted PA systems in addition to portable, backpack applications.

 

 

“The Technomad FireFly Micro PA Unit is the only system of its kind available to military personnel today, delivering real efficiency in the form of a rugged, backpack-portable PA system that can quickly be set up by a single operator for immediate use,” said Rodger von Kries, vice president of Technomad.“Due to its special electrical design, the FireFly offers more power than any other portable device today with more than 100 watts of amplifier power, peaking to 300 watts on demand.Combined with a highly efficient loudspeaker design that offers 130db output in a 25-pound package, the FireFly is the most powerful portable PA system on the market.”

 

The FireFly can operate from external AC power and external DC power (vehicles) in addition to its standard internal battery power.Add-on battery pods extend battery life, and other high-performance options are available as special orders.The unit comes in standard black and is available by special order in desert sand, olive drab, forest green, grey and white.

 

Since 1996, Technomad audio systems have been in use with military and government agencies including the White House Communications Agency, Zussman Urban Combat Training Center, Ft. Knox, USMC Parris Island, GTMO, Seymour Johnson AFB, Offutt AFB, Naval Undersea Warfare Centers and dozens of U.S. military facilities worldwide.

 

ABOUT TECHNOMAD

Technomad Associates, LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range military PA systems and now offers eight models with range up to one mile, as well as the SuperConductor military MP3 player and FireFly ultra-lightweight PA system.

 

For Additional information, contact:
Military Sales, Technomad Inc.
USA: 617.275.8898 x 710
International: 617.275.8898 x 710
Email: [email protected]

 

Technomad to Offer Turnkey Design and Installation Services for Military PA System Customers

 

 

Technomad LLP, a leader in high-powered weatherproof PA systems and communications equipment for military, security and other government applications, is now offering complete design, consulting, integration and installation services for projects featuring Technomad Military PA Systems.The comprehensive services will allow military bases and other facilities to better take advantage of Technomad’s expertise in the design and installation of fixed and mobile PA systems over the course of a given project, no matter how large or complex.

 

Technomad Military PA Systems, available in easy-to-use “turn-key” versions (or in networkable modular versions to cover many square miles), comprise a range of high-powered weatherproof military PA systems that are currently used by U.S., UK, Canadian and other national Armed Forces around the world. Giant Voice, mass notification, base-wide paging, combat simulation, training, ceremonies, and air shows are just some of the many applications featuring Technomad Military PA Systems.

 

A Technomad Turnkey PA System in use for a Remembrance Day ceremony at CFB Suffield in Alberta. The Turnkey PA shock-mount signal processing rack is visible here, with a six-channel mixer, amplifer and a Technomad SuperConductor military mp3 player/recorder for instant playback of audio files at the event.
A Technomad Turnkey PA System in use for a Remembrance Day ceremony at CFB Suffield in Alberta. The Turnkey PA shock-mount signal processing rack is visible here, with a six-channel mixer, amplifier and a Technomad SuperConductor military mp3 player/recorder for instant playback of audio files.

 

 

The systems offer unmatched reliability through a unique combination of power, durability, quick setup, compact size, and weatherproof construction; and are delivered with Technomad IP56-rated weatherproof loudspeakers that offer intelligible speech, outstanding music reproduction and robust audio distribution with redundancy.All Technomad systems include a shock-mount signal processing rack complete with a pre-wired amplifier, six-channel mixer, dynamic microphone, speaker stands, cable, connectors and protective gasketed lids for all loudspeakers.

 

Options include the Technomad SuperConductor military MP3 player/recorder for manual and unattended scheduled playback of audio files with no PC requirement.Custom packages for Giant Voice/basewide paging/mass notification, along with interior audio systems and signage, offer true one-stop shopping for facilities with FEMA CPG 1-17/UFC 4-021-01 requirements.

 

Since 1996, Technomad audio systems have been in use with military and government agencies including the White House Communications Agency, Zussman Urban Combat Training Center, Ft. Knox, USMC Parris Island, GTMO, Seymour Johnson AFB, Offutt AFB, Naval Undersea Warfare Centers and dozens of U.S. military facilities worldwide.

 

ABOUT TECHNOMAD

Technomad Associates, LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range military PA systems and now offers eight models with range up to one mile, as well as the SuperConductor military MP3 player and FireFly ultra-lightweight PA system.

 

For Additional information, contact:
Military Sales, Technomad Inc.
USA: 617.275.8898 x 710
International: 617.275.8898 x 710
Email: [email protected]

 

Technomad Military PA Systems Shown in “Full Battle Rattle”

 

<!–[endif]–>BOSTON, January 15, 2009 Technomad Associates, LLC, a leader in high-powered weatherproof PA systems and communications equipment for military, security and government audio applications, announces that the U.S. Army National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, on the edge of Death Valley in California, is now using up to 30 Technomad Turnkey Military PA Systems.Some of the systems, used for the Brigade Combat Team training program deep in the Mojave Desert, can be seen being used in “Full Battle Rattle,” a two-hour special now airing on the National Geographic Channel.Future showings include Sunday, January 18 at 4pm ET, and Monday, January 19 at 5pm ET.

 

The Brigade Combat Team training program is designed to prepare soldiers for Middle East deployments by injecting realism of the local culture into the training scenario.The Technomad Military PA Systems broadcast religious prayers within simulated Iraqi and Afghani villages featuring Iraqi-American and Afghani-American actors.For most soldiers in the program, this is the last stop prior to deployment, and the experience better prepares them for their missions once in theater.

Technomad Military PA Systems are the premier choice for combat simulation and training on military bases around the world
Technomad Military PA Systems are the premier choice for combat simulation and training on military bases around the world

 

 

During the second hour (at 1:07) of Full Battle Rattle, audio from the Technomad systems is featured during prayers from a Sunni mosque, demonstrating the clarity of the audio and the large coverage area of the loudspeakers.Technomad loudspeakers are also visible on several rooftops in one of the makeshift villages at the 1:14 mark, demonstrating the durability and weatherproof aspects of the loudspeakers, which sit outside and unprotected from heat, dirt, wind and other elements on a 24/7 basis.At the beginning of the final half-hour (1:28), a temporary application is also demonstrated during a transfer of power ceremony.Four Technomad loudspeakers are raised high on speaker stands, allowing U.S. Army representatives using the PA system to address a large crowd gathered outdoors with clear, intelligible speech.

 

Technomad Military PA Systems are the premier systems for realistic combat simulation and are used around the world on military bases and elsewhere in fixed and mobile applications (ie. as ‘Giant Voice’ or ‘Big Voice’ systems).  Other military applications include Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, which is using a Technomad Military PA System for two courses operated by the Medical Readiness Training Center on the base; and Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, which is using multiple Technomad systems for mass notification training. Each Turnkey Military PA system includes a PA control rack with an amplifier, mixer, a dynamic microphone and cables, plus rugged flight-cases with protective gasketed lids that clamp onto the front of each loudspeaker and PA rack when not in use.

 

Technomad also offers a variety of optional technology for its Military PA Systems, including digital link kits to connect large-area, Modular PA Systems; and the Technomad SuperConductor military MP3 player and recording system.The SuperConductor allows users to record field audio for immediate playback from a front-knob position, or scheduled playback of multiple files at any time— without the need for a computer or web browser.

 

ABOUT TECHNOMAD

Technomad Associates, LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security / military technology / mass notification industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range military PA systems and now offers eight networkable models with range up to one mile, as well as the SuperConductor military MP3 player and FireFly ultra-lightweight PA system.

 

For Additional information, contact:
Military Sales, Technomad Inc.
USA: 800.464.7757 x 710
International: 617.275.8898 x 710
Email: [email protected]

 

Airshow Sound System Design for Large Crowds

Great New England Air Show Demonstrate Benefits of Pristine Audio in Big Environment

The airshow is a national past-time for audiences around the United States, hardwith more than 170 events held last year in the U.S. alone. Around the world, airshows small and large are held on military bases and air fields every year. From the performances to the family atmosphere along the flight line, spectators of all ages take in the sights and sounds of the airshow with great curiosity and excitement.

Much thought and planning goes into the airshow production to match the drama of the performances. The power of a good PA system with high-quality sound is one aspect that is sometimes underestimated.


One of five loudspeakers points from a Technomad Modular Military PA system positioned along the flight line at the Great New England Air Show
One of five loudspeakers points from a Technomad Modular Military PA system positioned along the flight line at the Great New England Air Show


The need for high-quality audio expands beyond entertainment to safety concerns including crowd management and site security. Even the smallest airshows require an intelligible audio communication system to broadcast messages and provide entertainment value. Factors such as venue size, crowd numbers and weather conditions must always be carefully considered when planning for airshow sound, and the effects of the system layout and outdoor elements will contribute greatly to its success.

Larger airshows typically require a more complex system design strategy to ensure that every spectator can clearly comprehend the audio coming over the PA system. Careful planning, high-quality equipment and the appropriate system design can assure that the entertainment value remains consistent while keeping everyone safe and informed throughout the event.

One recent large airshow where audio played a significant role was the popular Great New England Air Show, which took place in early September on the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The two-day event attracted approximately 200,000 spectators each day, with ground and aerial demonstrations, exhibits and performances. Performers included the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds precision aerial demonstration team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, with demonstrations from the U.S. Marine Corps (AV-8 Harrier Demo Team) and U.S. Navy (Legacy Flight with Corsair F/A-18).


The Technomad Military PA System provided clear voice intelligibility to the audience of 200,000 per day, with announcer Larry Rutt using the audio clarity and powerful output of the loudspeakers to inject emotion into the performances
The Technomad Military PA System provided clear voice intelligibility to the audience of 200,000 per day, with announcer Larry Rutt using the audio clarity and powerful output of the loudspeakers to inject emotion into the performances


The anticipation of the large crowd convinced organizers to upgrade the PA system for the 2008 event. The Galaxy Community Council, a self-sustaining, non-profit organization that serves as the official sponsor of the Great New England Air Show, teamed up with two organizations to secure a temporary, donated audio system. Technomad, a manufacturer of weatherproof PA systems and communications equipment for the military provided one of its modular Military PA Systems.

The Great New England Air Show flight line covers an enormous space, which is not surprising since the Westover Air Reserve Base is the largest of its kind in the nation. To reach every spectator with clear, intelligible audio, the engineering team opted for a multi-point, networked PA system that connected five sites to a central signal processing rack that was responsible for powering voice and music from the main stage.

The entire PA network covered a 1.25 mile distance, with five distinct points arranged in a straight line across the front edge of the flight line. Each point in the PA network included two Technomad weatherproof loudspeakers, raised at heights of 10-12 feet on durable stands and mobile stages. The broad audio dispersion and long distance projection from each loudspeaker eliminated the need to establish a PA point within the spectator area. The ability to isolate the system entirely from the crowd allowed the design team to construct a wired system that daisy-chained each PA point using CAT5 twisted-pair cable.

The audio origination point was based near the main stage, with all signal processing gear housed in a protective, shock-mount rack. Gear included a 500-watt-per-channel amplifier, six-channel mixer and power conditioning equipment. Veteran airshow announcer Larry Rutt served as the main narrator and master of ceremonies, using a wired microphone supplied with the Technomad system to communicate with and broadcast to every spectator.

Rutt used the power of the audio system to both entertain and inform the crowd of critical news. In one instance, a ground stunt went awry, the driver flipping his truck on the flight line. Rutt relied on the intelligible audio output to describe the fire and rescue efforts, and to keep the crowd calm and informed throughout the emergency response.

“The announcer’s primary role at the air show is to describe to the spectators what they are seeing in detail, and prompt them when to have their cameras ready to capture some of the more spectacular maneuvers,” said Rutt. “If there is a mishap of any kind it’s also the announcer’s duty to keep the crowds informed and under control. A good audio system allows a professional announcer to put emotion into the events, and provide authoritativeness when there is a mishap. An audio system of high quality and power allows the announcer to improve his performance and annunciate with more power and conviction.”



The large crowd along the flight line soaks in the performances and the audio from the Technomad system, which networked five loudspeaker points over the course of 1.25 miles.
The large crowd along the flight line soaks in the performances and the audio from the Technomad system, which networked five loudspeaker points over the course of 1.25 miles.



Aside from Rutt’s voice, some performers used a handheld wireless microphone (also supplied through Technomad) to narrate their live segments. Music was fed through a 16-channel mixer and into the PA system via a laptop computer. The music entertained the crowd during and in between events when the live microphones were not in use.

The distance between each loudspeaker point along the flight line was approximately one-quarter of a mile. The CAT5 twisted-pair cable was directed through conduits on the ground surface between each point, connecting first to a Technomad Audio Source Pack and then onto a pair of weatherproof loudspeakers. Each Audio Source Pack included an amplifier and six-channel mixer to allow local volume level and signal processing control at each point.

Airshows have their share of poor weather conditions, and the 2008 Great New England Air Show was no exception. Technomad loudspeakers are built completely weatherproof and designed to withstand inclement weather elements from rain and hail to snow and sleet (as well as high heat and humidity when present). No extra protection was required, which was recognized by Rutt and the event organizers.

“Preparations for poor weather is standard for any air show, but often the equipment is ill-suited for the conditions and require plastic coverings at the least, and removal from the unprotected location at the worst,” said Rutt. “The rains at this show came in the form of leftover downpours from Tropical Storm Hanna, but the audio came through strong and the system remained out in the elements all weekend. Nothing was taken away from the spectators or the drama of the event as a result of the poor weather.”

Numerous options for audio system design exist for shows of all sizes. The power, dispersion and projection of the loudspeakers is a crucial element in deciding when and where you need to place loudspeakers, and how many are needed to cover the entire spectator area. The best option for annual airshow organizers is to first consider what was missing from last year’s event, understand the layout and crowd of the upcoming event, and then consult with audio engineers within and outside the organization to reach conclusions on how to improve.

An edited version of the story appeared in the December 2008 issue of Air Show Pro.

 

 

Technomad Military PA Systems Provide Mass Notification Training at Keesler Air Force Base

 

Turnkey and Modular systems, Technomad SuperConductor 2.0 mp3 player central to 81st Training Wing courses on operating mass notification systems

 

BOSTON, November 12, 2008 – Technomad Associates, LLC announces that Keesler Air Force Base, one of the largest technical training wings in the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), is using Technomad Military PA Systems for mass notification and simulation classes.The classes comprise the Ground Radio Communications Apprentice and Expeditionary Air Force Deployment Block for the 81st Training Wing of the AETC.The block provides students with detailed instruction on the setup, operation, field maintenance, and breakdown of mass notification and alert systems in real-world Air Force deployments.

Setup and Operation of the Technomad Audio Source Pack for Technomad Modular Military PA Systems is an integral part of the mass notification training for students at Keesler AFB
Setup and Operation of the Technomad Audio Source Pack for Technomad Modular Military PA Systems is an integral part of the mass notification training for students at Keesler AFB

 

Keesler Air Force Base, located on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, is using two varieties of Technomad Military PA Systems for instruction: The wired Turnkey PA systems and the wireless Modular PA systems, for use in both the classroom and outdoor training areas.All systems come complete with Technomad IP56-rated weatherproof loudspeakers and signal processing racks featuring Technomad SuperConductor military mp3 player/recorders for manually injecting various alarms and tones into the training exercises.Each signal processing rack also includes a power amplifier and mixer, with wired and wireless microphones assigned to the appropriate systems.Technomad recently upgraded its systems at Keesler Air Force Base to ensure that students are being instructed on the most modern technology available.

 

According to Donald Lindsey, Training Specialist, the students learn how to first operate the systems in the classroom, assembling the various systems and exercising the different configurations in the field.The wired systems are ideal for simulating mass notification and public address within a restricted area, while the wireless systems are used to cover larger distances. The wireless Giant Voice Modular PA systems link multiple loudspeaker points with dedicated amplifiers and mixers together to the main system, and teach students how to properly align the system between the various points over both RF and IP connections.

 

“Our goal is that students graduate with a strong understanding of the importance of mass notification and alert capabilities to satisfy force requirements,” said Lindsey.“We reinforce the importance of mass notification in the operational Air Force and help to develop common sense regarding the size of the system needed.For example, we do not want to set up a multipoint system that can be heard a mile away when we only need to cover 200 yards.The alarms generated through the SuperConductor help our students differentiate between non-critical signals and those that are generated as prompts to take cover for protection.Students also learn the basic theory about the equipment so they understand the importance of accurate setup and the overall concept of the mass notification system, its various components and how to properly maintain them in the field.These are all very good lessons to reinforce.”

Technomad Turnkey PA Systems are used inside the classroom for the initial training procedures
Technomad Turnkey PA Systems are used inside the classroom for the initial training procedures

 

The Gulf Coast location of Keesler Air Force Base is well-known for its heavy rains and high heat and humidity.The Technomad equipment, with its IP56-rated weatherproof protection, is critical for outdoor training classes that happen rain or shine.The rugged construction of the equipment is also crucial in the field, where equipment is commonly put through harsh durability tests – intentional and unintentional.Technomad also provides gasketed lids for extra protection in very severe situations, which are easily clamped to the loudspeakers when not in use.

 

“The only element that interrupts our mission is lightning, so our equipment must meet weatherproofing requirements,” said Lindsey.“Durability is also a must. The rule of thumb here is if it can be broken, it will be broken.”

 

The Technomad Military PA systems are generally set up by two students, who also take turns injecting alarms and tones from the Superconductor to simulate attacks or all-clear situations. Students also use the microphones supplied with the system to enable live voice over the system to simulate mass briefings and other public address situations.The Technomad systems output CD-quality digital audio and provide clear speech intelligibility that is far superior to traditional ‘horn’ speaker systems, which suffer from inherent distortion and narrow audio bandwidth.This allows Lindsey’s students to output intelligible audio coverage that is heard loud and clear within very limited areas or over very large open spaces.

 

Technomad Military PA systems are used at military bases around the globe for a variety of training applications and military ceremonies, as well as mass notification, Giant Voice / Mass Notification / Big Voice,  and forward operating base PA systems.Technomad Military PA systems arrive to all military customers pre-wired and ready to use and built into rugged flight-cases.Typical setup time is 15 minutes or less, and setup can be accomplished by a single operator regardless of audio expertise.

 

System options include wireless microphones, telephone system interfaces, solar and wind power, DC power or ‘euro’ AC power adapters, and the new SuperConductor 2.0 military MP3 player and recording system.The SuperConductor 2.0 allows users to record field audio for immediate playback from a front-knob position, or scheduled playback of multiple files at any time— without the need for a computer or web browser.

 

ABOUT TECHNOMAD

Technomad Associates, LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security / military technology / mass notification industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range military PA systems and now offers eight networkable models with range up to one mile, as well as the SuperConductor military MP3 player and FireFly ultra-lightweight PA system.  Technomad systems are widely used in FEMA CPG 1-17 / UFC 4-021-01 alerting applications.

 

For Additional information, contact:
Military Sales, Technomad Inc.
USA: 617.275.8898 x 710
International: 617.275.8898 x 710
Email: [email protected]

 

Technomad Military PA System Provides Event Audio at Great New England Air Show

 

Technomad Associates, LLC, a leader in high-powered weatherproof PA systems and communications equipment for military, security and government audio applications, supplied a networked PA system to broadcast clear audio to more than 200,000 spectators each day at The Great New England Air Show, which took place September 6-7, 2008 at the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts.  The system used was similar to Giant Voice systems used around the world by US and allied Armed Forces.


 

Linking multiple loudspeaker points over one mile of distance, the Technomad Modular Military PA System delivered the drama of the event to every corner of the flight line, ensuring that spectators furthest from the action could hear the audio loud and clear.

 

One of five PA points at the Great New England Air Show. A Technomad Modular Military PA System provided audio coverage to well over one mile of open space on the flight line.
One of five PA points at the Great New England Air Show. A Technomad Modular Military PA System provided audio coverage to well over one mile of open space on the flight line.

 

This year’s Great New England Air Show commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Reserve, and the upgrade over PA systems from previous years was immediately obvious to everyone involved in the event.The Technomad system provided pristine audio throughout the event, projecting clear, intelligible voice and high-quality musical reproduction to the entire flight line, where the crowd gathered.Performers at the two-day family-oriented event included the United States Air Force Thunderbirds precision aerial demonstration team and the spectacular US Army Golden Knights parachute team.


 

Larry Rutt, a United States Air Force veteran and Air Show announcer since 1976, served as the announcer and master of ceremonies for this year’s Great New England Air Show and experienced Technomad sound for the first time.According to Rutt, having a clear sound system to work with allows him to more effectively invoke emotion into the aerial and ground demonstrations, and provide authoritativeness in the event that crowd control is necessary.


 

Rutt found himself using the Technomad system for both reasons, including a description of fire and rescue efforts during a truck stunt that went awry on the flight line and halted the show for a brief period.The audio clarity of the system allowed Rutt to keep the crowd calm and informed while broadcasting clear messages about the accident and the emergency response.


“The high-fidelity sound is much more pleasing to the ear than systems I have used in the past, whether I am making announcements or listening to music associated with the acts and performers,” said Rutt.“The Technomad loudspeakers provide full range audio with outstanding low end, and offer a much smoother sound than horn-based systems.The Air Show sponsors also benefit by getting their messages across more effectively.It makes a world of difference to hear a pleasant sound rather than that harsh horn-driven PA sound.There is no comparison.”


 

Technomad loudspeakers are as powerful as horn-driven systems, but provide smoother audio dispersion to entire venues than horns, which tend to produce a “hotspot” up front and lose coverage on the sides.Technomad loudspeakers also provide a far more accurate frequency response, which improves voice intelligibility and musical reproduction.


 

The Technomad Modular Military PA system included five loudspeaker points spread over approximately 1.25 miles on the flight line, linked together via twisted pair wire.Each remote loudspeaker point included two Technomad weatherproof loudspeakers, and an “output pack” featuring a Technomad amplifier and six-channel mixer for signal processing.Technomad also provided two loudspeakers and a “source pack” at the origination point with a 16-channel mixer, amplifier, plus a dynamic wired microphone for Rutt and a wireless microphone for the performers.Pre-recorded music was fed to the source pack mixer from a laptop in between announcements and events.


 

Aircraft on the flight line prepares to take off, with Technomad providing the audio for all performances over the two-day event

 


Technomad’s unique weatherproof design proved ideal, remaining outside in heavy downpours as the remnants of Tropical Storm Hanna moved through the region.All Technomad loudspeakers are IP56-rated for superior protection against hazardous parts and water ingression, and are built to withstand the harsh environs of any climate.


 

“I think the weatherproof design is very important for these events,” said Rutt.“I served as the announcer for another recent Air Show that had full range speakers, but they were covered in plastic bags because of the rain threat.They were forced to protect their equipment, which wasn’t necessary at Westover even with the heavy rains from Hanna.”


 

Technomad Military PA Systems are available in both Modular and Turnkey versions, the latter of which offers extremely quick and efficient setup times for fixed and mobile applications.   Aplications include Giant Voice, Big Voice, Force Protection, PSYOPS, ceremonial auido, MWAR, and more.  All

 

Announcer Larry Rutt used the Technomad Military PA System to entertain, inform and manage the crowds of over 200,000 spectators each day

 

Technomad Military PA systems are shipped with weatherproof loudspeakers, protective cases with gasketed lids, loudspeaker stands, cables, microphones and a shock-mount rack with a pre-wired amplifier and CD player.Additional rack space is present for options such as the Technomad SuperConductor™ mp3 playback and recording system, which provides the ability to record field audio and immediately schedule the files for playback from a front-knob position.

 

 

Disclaimer: As policy, the US Air Force does not make any endorsements concerning donated equipment.


 

ABOUT TECHNOMAD

Technomad Associates, LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security / military technology / mass notification industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range military PA systems and now offers eight networkable models with range up to one mile, as well as the SuperConductor military MP3 player and FireFly ultra-lightweight PA system.


 

For Additional information, contact:
Military Sales, Technomad Inc.
USA: 617.275.8898 x 710
International: 617.275.8898 x 710
Email: [email protected]