Sacramento Music Circus Finds New Home

Feb 1, 2004 12:00 PM


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The Sacramento Music Circus, a destination for more than 100,000 patrons a year and the site of some of the city's most creative theater production, moved from the canvas tent that the company used for 52 years and into the 2,200-seat Wells Fargo Pavilion. The relocation called for drastic improvement to the venue's structure — including reinforcing the walls with Teflon-coated fabric, insulation and soundproofing materials — and an equipment upgrade.

To create an acoustically intelligent space for the new structure and to mimic its circus tent motif created a challenge because of its round, bowl-like shape. A team of experts was called in, including sound designer Bob Sereno (California Musical Theatre), representatives from Meyer Sound, Robert F. Mahoney and Associates' Curtis Kasefang and Audio Analysts (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

The Sacramento Music Circus' new system comprises 12 Meyer UPA-2P loudspeakers with 16 UPA-1P cabinets as rear reinforcement. The system was enhanced using four CQ-1 loudspeakers for dedicated effects, four UPM-2Ps for aisle fill (opposite the CQ-1s), nine for downfill and four as stage monitors. Frontfill was provided by 19 MM-4s, four USW-1P subs provided bottom end and Meyer's RMS networked the entire system.

Seventy-five Meyer Sound loudspeakers used Gepco's 1800S Shielded Speaker cables, 61801EZ single-pair audio cables and Neutrik 4-pole Speak-On connectors, all supplied by Gepco. To ensure consistent coverage, the final configuration features loudspeakers distributed in concentric circles for 360-degree coverage.

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