Consultant Support Program

Polar Focus brackets for Danley at Juarez Mexico Baseball Stadium

Many times Polar Focus has received phone calls from contractors who are installing an audio system specified by a design consultant, but there is no specification for the rigging system. We design a rigging system for the contractor, working backward through the audio design.consultant support programThis is often at a highly expedited pace since, when rigging is an afterthought, it tends to be left to the last minute. We have often wondered if there could be a calmer, more deliberate way to assure safe, accurate rigging of audio installations.

The Polar Focus Consultant Support Program is a service provided to established professional design consultants. It is free of charge for those who design audio systems specifying Polar Focus speaker rigging products.

Our products not only meet the highest specifications and safety requirements, but also minimize labor costs and potential errors confronted by the end contractor involved in the physical installation. We provide the exceptional quality that matches the thoughtful work you have put into your audio design.

If you have any projects which could benefit from rigging with a 10:1 design factor along with independent pan and tilt, feel free to give us a call. We are always happy to discuss specific applications, work with technical challenges or adapt designs to maximize savings without compromising safety considerations.  Please call us today if we can assist in streamlining your job process.

See our CSP Datasheet for more information.

Need help rigging, mounting or aiming your loudspeakers or line arrays?
We can help!  Call us at (413) 586-4444.

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Bose Roommatch at Firestone CLC

Polar Focus rigging for Bose Roommatch at Litchfield Firestone Community Learning Center

Here are some completed photos of the new system at the Firestone Community Learning Center in Akron, OH. There are 24 speakers total in five clusters.

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The next photo shows the Bose Professional RMS 218 Subwoofer mounted behind
the 7 Roommatch modules.

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Each of the side clusters has a total of 7 Roommatch loudspeakers, and there are two small clusters on either side of the center with two LT6400 each for near fill.

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Polar Focus supplied roof attachment, Zbeams, Spine Frame Adapters, our PY1 Line Array Rigging Components, and custom built spreaders for the extra lifting point on the stock Bose extender bars.

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Polar Focus also supplied PE licensed structural engineer stamped drawings for the state of Ohio for our complete product scope. Thanks to Jason Nipper at SoundCom Systems
for the photos!

Litchfield Firestone H8191

Pro audio rigging design, roof attachment, supplemental structure, sales, support and
PE stamped drawings in any US State provided by Polar Focus.

Need help rigging, mounting or aiming your loudspeakers or line arrays?
We can help!  Call us at (413) 586-4444.

EAW QX Rigging Configurations

Polar focus rigging for EAW QX

Here’s a document we created to illustrate the variety of single speaker rigging configurations possible using Polar Focus hardware.  We used EAW QX Series for this document, but these layouts can work for most single hang professional loudspeakers.

This document illustrates Polar Focus rigging with common roof attachment methods.
It is not intended to be all inclusive. We have many more standard roof attachment and cluster configurations.

If your specific speaker configuration or roof attachment requirement is not shown, please call us so we can create a rigging package for your unique application. These drawings are for conversation only. Any rigging project must be confirmed for safety
and correct technical fulfillment of an audio design.

EAW config

Polar Focus reduces labor cost and variability by providing rigging systems which
are pre-assembled to the maximum extent possible.  Our standard 10:1 design
factor provides the high level of safety and peace of mind required by our customers.

Need help rigging, mounting or aiming your loudspeakers or line arrays?
We can help!  Call us at (413) 586-4444

First-ever Installation of Meyer Leopard Line Arrays

H8165 - Gateway Fellowship - Meyer Leopard line arrays, Polar Focus Custom Beam Attachment

Polar Focus provided a pair of Custom Beam Attachments, Seismic Posts, and Spine Frame Adapters to Chad Rose of Rose Media Integration for this installation at Gateway Fellowship Church in Poulsbo, Washington.

Gateway Fellowship - Meyer Leopard line arrays, Polar Focus Custom Beam Attachment
First ever installation of Meyer Leopard line arrays for the lucky congregation at Gateway Fellowship.  Polar Focus Type 4 Custom Beam Attachment and Seismic Stem were used to fly these clusters.

Meyer Sound engineers were on hand for system tuning, as this was the first ever installation of the new Meyer Leopard line arrays. They had praise for Polar Focus products and said this was the cleanest installation they had ever seen.

Gateway Fellowship - Meyer Leopard line arrays, Polar Focus Custom Beam Attachment
Beautiful installation!

The Roof Attachment to a rolled wood purlin is using our state of the art Type 4 Custom Beam Attachment. Pan and tilt of the line array is, of course, fully adjustable under full load.

Gateway Fellowship - Meyer Leopard line arrays, Polar Focus Custom Beam Attachment
A closer look at Polar Focus roof attachment for the Meyer Leopard clusters.

The Seismic Post has a large universal joint on top, allowing lateral motion of the building in the event of an earthquake. The universal joint enables the Seismic Post to pivot with the building movement, without putting torque on the roof beam. Power and signal cables are routed through the 10 foot Seismic Post, allowing for the cleanest look possible.

Gateway Fellowship - Meyer Leopard line arrays, Polar Focus Custom Beam Attachment
You can see Gateway is already enjoying their new system!

We enjoyed being a part of this exciting project!  Polar Focus reduces labor cost and variability by providing rigging systems which are pre-assembled to the maximum extent possible.

Gateway Fellowship - Meyer Leopard line arrays, Polar Focus Custom Beam Attachment
Gateway Fellowship installation – Meyer Leopard line arrays, Polar Focus Custom Beam Attachment

Need help rigging, mounting, or aiming your loudspeakers or line arrays?
Call us at 413-586-4444.

QSC KLA Clusters at HGST

Polar Focus® attachment for QSC speaker cluster

Polar Focus provided custom roof attachments for these QSC speaker clusters from steel beams at HGST – Hitachi Global Services Technologies Group in San Jose, CA. The cluster consists of 3 QSC Audio Products KLA 12’s in front; behind is a time aligned KLA 181 subwoofer. Great looking installation by the team at AVI-SPL.

Photos courtesy of Jefferson Galatro, Sr. from AVI-SPL’s Pleasanton, CA office.

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 Polar Focus® reduces labor cost and variability by providing rigging systems
which are pre-assembled to the maximum extent possible.

Need help rigging, mounting, or aiming your loudspeakers or line arrays?
Call us at (413) 586-4444

JBL VTX Line Arrays for Honda Center in Anaheim, CA

Polar Focus pan and tilt adjustable assemblies for use with JBL VTX line arrays

The guys were hard at work on the shop floor last week, putting together gigantic pan and tilt adjustable assemblies for use with enormous JBL VTX line arrays with custom subwoofer clusters that are currently being installed at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California; home of the Anaheim Ducks.

 Polar Focus, Inc. assembling pan and tilt adjustable assemblies for use with JBL VTX line arrays.
Polar Focus, Inc. assembling pan and tilt adjustable assemblies for use with JBL VTX line arrays.

This system is being expertly installed by Diversified Systems.
Evident in this photo, Polar Focus reduces labor cost and variability by
providing rigging systems which are pre-assembled to the maximum extent possible.

 Polar Focus pan and tilt adjustable assemblies for use with JBL VTX line arrays.
A drawing of the speaker cluster.  JBL VTX line array with a custom subwoofer cluster.

Polar Focus provides the best value, the best products, and the best service in Audio Rigging. Our turnkey systems form a complete transition from the top of your speakers up to and including the roof attachment.

Polar Focus offers a full family of rigging products including Zbeam, Spine Frame Adapter™, Tilt Cable Kits, Motor Zbeam, XY Grid System for cluster construction, LiftAll slings, Stagemaker hoists, wall mounts, pole mounts, line array frames for outdoor applications, and roof attachment products.  We also offer design and manufacturing services for custom and OEM products.

If you don’t see what you need on our website, we can help!
Call our Audio Rigging Consultants at (413) 586-4444.

Product Spotlight – New Pole Mount Design

Polar Focus PM2-10-Z shown with Community R.15

Infocomm 2015 in Orlando was as busy, exciting and informative as it always is. We enjoyed the opportunity to talk with everyone who stopped by our booth!  We hope you made great connections and learned some things you can use in your business immediately.

Our newly designed Pole Mount, the PM2-10-Z, is designed for use with tapered poles from 4″ – 10″ in diameter.  If you ever have to pole mount speakers, lights, or video screens on permanent poles or poles in tents, you will like this great new product!  Pole sizes larger than 10″ can be accommodated with a custom chain kit.  Call us if you’re not sure which PM product is best for your application.

"Polar Focus PM2-10-Z shown with Community R.35"
Polar Focus PM2-10-Z shown with Community R.35

Here’s a showcase video from the show:

If any of our products can help with your flown speaker installation or if you don’t see what you need on our website, call our Audio Rigging Consultants at (413) 586-4444.

Motor Zbeam – Serviceable Line Arrays

Three EAW line arrays with Motor Zbeam rigging at the Barclays Center.

Polar Focus Motor Zbeam allows for a single electric chain hoist to support a line array, or conventional box speakers with full control over pan and tilt.

The Motor Zbeam system has a 2:1 mechanical advantage using a 10 inch diameter chain-pulley. Thus a one-ton chain hoist can be used for two tons of loudspeaker load. The pan angle of the speaker load is supported by a Zbeam axle for easy aiming.

Polar Focus Motor Zbeam product was used in the rigging for Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Polar Focus Motor Zbeam® rigging for EAW Line Arrays at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Polar Focus Motor Zbeam rigging for EAW Line Arrays at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Our standard design fits Stagemaker motors.  Only one motor is required to control pan and tilt per cluster, resulting in significant savings. The vertical position of each cluster can be controlled by a single motor control pendant or pickle. Since tilt is not controlled by synchronous operation of two hoists, no motor control package is required, which results in additional savings.

Polar Focus collaborated with Dave Potts of Parsons Electric  on this project, and since it’s opening in September 2012, Barclays Center has proven that it’s a venue with great sound.  There were six line array clusters with 10 EAW KF740 and 4 EAW SBS1001, each totaling 1680 lbs of speaker weight per cluster.

Three EAW line arrays suspended by Polar Focus Motor Zbeams® at Barclays Center.
Three EAW line arrays suspended by Polar Focus Motor Zbeams with their cable baskets at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Pan angle is adjusted by turning the suspended speaker load relative to the Motor Zbeam. The pretensioned friction bearing holds the pan angle after you stop applying torque. The most popular suspended speaker loads are line arrays, with tilt controlled by a Spine Frame Adapter™.  Other speaker cluster configurations are available.

Even the largest line arrays can have full pan control with a Motor Zbeam.

Below is a video displaying technical details and the simple pan
and tilt control adjustments.

Here’s a lighthearted speed-motion video showing assembly of a speaker cluster for Barclays Center.

* Motor Zbeam pulleys can be produced for chain hoists other than Stagemaker
when a customer provides a sample of the chain from the hoist.

See our catalog for more information, or call us at (413) 586-4444.

Pro audio rigging design, roof attachment, supplemental structure, sales, support and PE stamped drawings in any US State provided by Polar Focus. Call us today for more information.

EAW Cardioid Subs at Illinois State University

Eaw- Eastern Acoustic Works SB1001 set up in a four way cardioid cluster for outstanding subwoofer performance. Polar Focus designed the complete custom cluster, all the way up to the roof attachment.

This was a recent installation at Illinois State University.  Polar Focus worked with Chuck Fudge, Technical Director at Illinois State, to hang these EAW Eastern Acoustic Works SB1001 subwoofers.  Photos courtesy of Chuck Fudge.

Eaw- Eastern Acoustic Works SB1001 set up in a four way cardioid cluster for outstanding subwoofer performance. Polar Focus designed the complete custom cluster, all the way up to the roof attachment.

 

EAW- Eastern Acoustic Works SB1001 set up in a four way cardioid cluster for outstanding subwoofer performance. Polar Focus designed the complete custom cluster,                          all the way up to the roof attachment.

 

This was a Eaw- Eastern Acoustic Works QX series loudspeaker, using a tilt cable kit and a strut for a super neat installation.

This is a single Eastern Acoustic Works QX series loudspeaker, flown using a tilt cable kit and a strut for a super neat installation.

Pro audio rigging design, roof attachment, supplemental structure, sales, support and PE stamped drawings in any US State provided by Polar Focus. Call us today for more information at (413) 586-4444.