Procedural Manual for Electronics Usage at Buckwood*

*The point of this page is to advise on the use of electronic elements at Buckwood. All electronic use must be with express permission of the owners. This page should not be shared with anyone except those who have been given this permission.

Poolside Audio

System Overview:

This system consists of 12 weather proof speakers distributed throughout the pool area. The wiring leads to the mechanical room, wherein on the top shelf to the right of the main door lies an amplifier, an internet radio receiver, a wireless microphone receiver, a large cooling fan, a speaker (for testing the sound) and an analog timer set to turn music on at 10am and off at 9pm. These times were dictated by the owners and shall not be deviated from.

System Operation:

In order for music or public address microphones to be used, the amplifier must be turned on using the switch at the bottom right of the unit. The internet radio receiver must be on using the silver round button on the left hand side of the unit. And the wireless microphone receiver must be turned on using the round black button on the right of the unit. These three components and the cooling fan must continue to be plugged into the white power strip attached to the side of the shelf. In order for them to be turned on and off automatically, they should only be plugged into the left side (four plugs) of the strip. The right side is constantly on and should only be used for internet equipment. DO NOT unplug anything for any reason. The timer is located at the top of the outlet strip. For the timer to work properly, all of the small black “switches” must be pressed downwards from the 10am to the 9pm markings on the round dial. The other switches must remain in the up position. To temporarily override the the timer, there is a small red switch on the right side of the power strip.

To change the radio station: 

This can be done in one of two ways. 1) through the radio component itself or 2) through the internet.

DJ/Live Entertainment Input:

There is a red and white tipped wired hanging from the side of the unit (to the right). Any DJ or live entertainer who wants to pipe their music through our system can easily plug into the system through this wire. They will have knowledge on how to do that themselves. You will need to change the input knob to CD to do this. This will turn off the signal from the radio, but the wireless microphones will still come through the system.

Aux Input:

There is a 3.5mm aux plug that can be plugged directly into a cell phone, laptop or other device. It is attached to the front of the amplifier. Simply plug in but be sure to turn off the internet radio component in order to only hear the one audio stream.

Zone Operation:

There are four “zones” where speakers are being used. Zone 1 surrounds both pools and the food truck. Zone 2 is the pavilion speakers. Zone 3 is the single speaker by the hot tub. Zone 4 is the speaker in the mechanical room itself. You can choose any one of these zones, and whatever is playing will be played in those zones only. If you select “Zone All,” it will play through all four zones. In order to only have select zones playing, be sure to turn off the “Zone All” button. It has been noted some members in the pavilion wish to have a more quiet atmosphere, so you can accommodate them. The individual volume of each zone cannot currently be changed with this amplifier. If that is something that you would find important, a new amplifier would need to be purchased.

Speaker Operation:

Each speaker is hooked up together and cannot be independently controlled for volume. If a speaker becomes damaged for any reason, you will have to connect the wires together in order to keep the loop intact. In other words, if you remove a speak and do not connect the wires back together, every speaker after it in the chain will not work. If you do connect these wires, it is important that you connect the copper colored wires together and the silver wires together. Do not cross these wires as it will cause damage to the speakers. This is a commercial speaker system that runs on a higher voltage (70 volts) than a typical household system.

DO NOT CHANGE THE SETTINGS ON THE BACKS OF THE SPEAKERS FOR ANY REASON.

If a member complains that the speakers are too loud in their ear (they are right next to it) offer to swivel the speaker away from them but kindly explain that we are unable to change the volume. Do not attempt to change any wiring in the back of the amplifier. Again, this is a commercial unit and the way the speakers are hooked up is specific to this type of system. Even if you have knowledge of how speakers and amplifiers work, you will likely not understand how this system works unless you have had specific knowledge of a commercial 70volt system.

Microphone Operation:

This system uses professional Shure brand wireless microphones. These is rather expensive equipment so please use them carefully. To turn on the wireless microphone receiver, press the round black button on the unit.

Rusty’s Audio/Video

System Overview:

The system consists of seven 50″ televisions, one 4K projector with motorized screen, amplifier, sound board, computer (laptop) with a touch screen monitor, eight speakers, HDMI Matrix, several input devices (Roku, Chromecast, Blu-ray player, etc.), industrial blower/cooling fan, media rack and DJ booth, wireless/wired microphones, multiple professional DJ/party lights with  light board controller, fog machine, A/C and heat, as well as several fans to circulate air. The room is outfitted with several tables and chairs, small “stool-like” tables, and wrap-around booth seating. Due to the acoustics in the room, several panels have been strategically placed in the rafters, on the walls and ceiling.

The A/V system in Rusty’s was designed to be simple to operate, but it is a complex system. To fully use the a/v system, you should understand how the components work together. Each input (Roku, Chromecast, Blu-ray player, laptop, etc.) creates a video and audio signal. Each of these input devices is wired directly to the HDMI Matrix. The video signal is distributed to each of the eight outputs (seven televisions, one projector) through the Matrix. The audio signal from each input is sent directly to the sound board where it can be mixed using the input sliders (red). The overall mixed audio signal is sent to the amplifier where it eventually reaches the speakers. The overall sound volume can be control through the sound board via the master volume sliders (gray). The amplifier can also increase the volume (black knob with blue framing around it). The following will explain in greater detail how all of these components work together. It will also give step-by-step directions on how to identify and use these components. It will also outline how to set up for different events in this space.