Live: New York City Theater Goes 5.1

May 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Sarah Benzuly


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Last year, The Victory Theater’s audio system (originally installed in 1995) began to show its age. The theater’s director of production, David Jensen, consulted with Anthony Nittoli (principal designer with Akustiks, LLC), who had supervised the ’95 install. Says Jensen, “Anthony maintained his consultant relationship with the theater over the years, and I was fortunate to ‘inherit’ him when I came onboard in 2001. In addition to performing annual systems service, he has also used the new Victory as a lab for systems testing. He knows this venue better than anyone.”

The two, in addition to theater technical director Rob Leach, hashed out a new 5.1 surround system that focuses on superior sound quality in line with the venue’s not-for-profit status, which limited the budget. In the end, a d&b system was selected: 19 D6 and D12 amps driving the combo line array/full-range speaker system. The R1 system control was implemented to provide overall control over all speaker arrays. A Midas Pro3-IP digital mixing console and three XTA DP 448 processors drive the 26-speaker house system. Also included in the upgrade was a Shure UR4D wireless package.

Upgrading to a 5.1 surround system literally doubled the existing number of speaker placements. According to Masque Sound project manager Matthew Peskie, “A primary issue was mounting the subs at a lower level, which provided literally no room for anchors. We worked with Philadelphia-based Sapsis Rigging to design and build custom cantilevers to locate the speakers in the desired locations.”

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