BSS, Soundweb Spotlighted at Medieval Times

Oct 30, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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This past August marked the debut of Medieval Times’ eighth and newest North American castle, located at Arundel Mills Mall in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. corridor. Housing 19 Andalusian stallions and up to 1,000 guests per performance, the 60,000-square-foot facility also boasts a powerful sound system.

Pictured: overlooking the Soundcraft K2 from the house mix position at Hanover’s Medieval Times. Photo: Lee Towns

Portman’s Music Superstore (Savannah, Ga.) has been the chain’s sound contractor since 1986, when the pro audio dealer, working on a specification from consultant James Brawley, installed equipment at the very first location in Kissimmee, Fla. Now, 17 years later, the contractor and consultant have again teamed up to provide an audio setup primarily comprising a 24-channel Soundcraft K2 mixing console, seven BSS FDS-336 Minidrives and 40 Crown K2 amplifiers driving an all-JBL loudspeaker rig.

According to Portman’s professional audio division manager Frank Andrews, “We’ve really tried to standardize on equipment so that sound engineers can go from castle to castle and not have to deal with a learning curve. This approach also reduces the overall number of products that their corporate office has to worry about should maintenance and service issues ever arise. Jim Brawley and I both like using the 336 a lot because it does many things very well. To illustrate, the Hanover venue has a total of 32 rear surround speakers with eight mounted on each of the four walls. Using the BSS units, they can create some interesting theatrical effects, like making the sound seem like it’s spinning around the room behind the audience. Or they can send sounds solely to either side or end of the main front ring of speakers for dramatic effect. The Minidrives really work well for a show like this."

Regarding the choice of a mixing console, Andrews said, “With its good number of buses, subs and auxes, as well as comprehensive control over tone, the Soundcraft K2 was the most reasonable choice for this install. It provides everything they will need to accommodate future productions and will fit in well with the venue’s eventual growth process.”

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