The Chapel in San Francisco

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Barbara Schultz

New Club Runs Smoothly With Networked System


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Head of audio for Slim’s Presents, Lee Brenkman, has consulted on sound for The Chapel since March 2012. “The extra effort made by the crew from Delicate, and especially Jon [Graves’] assistance in setting up and tuning the system made for one of the better new-install situations I’ve experienced,” Brenkman says.

The system in the performance space includes an Avid SC48 board, a mic package comprising mainly Shure and Sennheiser models, and QSC’s rig: 18 WL3082 boxes in WideLine-8 arrays, six GP212 subs, two PL340 and seven PL380 2-channel amps, and SC28 and Rave 522ua processors. Stage monitors include seven CSM 12s and one CSM 15, all powered by PL325 and PL380 amps. Audio in the main room, and in all other zones—also equipped by QSC—is controlled by Q-Sys.

“The entire system is networked so that any zone can select from multiple audio sources, as well as a balanced, aligned live feed from the venue. This is done via 3-inch touch panels located in each zone,” Graves explains.

“The install involved acoustical changes, as well,” Fletcher says. “The building touches the one next door, so we had to build up the wall between with extra sheet rock and tweak the system to avoid transmissive sound from the P.A. The WideLine-8 arrays are steerable, which was really key. We tweaked the steering and made some EQ changes, and now the neighbors are satisfied.”

Before the opening week, Knowles added another key staff member: After five years as assistant general manager at the Troubadour (L.A.), Angele Dayer became The Chapel’s manager. She says she’s happy about her move north and the opportunity to work in such a unique venue.

“I’ve been blown away by pretty much every act that has come into the room so far,” she says. “We had a show recently with Lavender Diamond, who’s very good, and John C. Reilly and Tom Brosseau were added at the last minute. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was so impressed—they played beautiful duets with guitars and harmonies. This is no flavor of the week sort of thing. It’s all music that’s really substantial and has integrity, which goes along with the integrity of the room.”

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