QSC Rigs Up Stiefel Theatre

Nov 18, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Resuscitated by generous contributions from the International Fine Arts Conservation Studio (IFACS), the Stiefel Theatre of the Performing Arts (Salina, Kan.) hosts the Salina Symphony, as well as local and national theatrical productions, who are amplified through eight ISA Series amplifiers from QSC.

Upgrading the house audio system was handled by Lawrence, Ks-based MSM Systems. Based around a four-way, tri-amped loudspeaker design, the rig features DSP processing and a wireless input scheme. Housed in a single rack in the main equipment room, the ISA Series amps supporting the system include four ISA 750s and four ISA 450s. “In and of itself, the Stiefel is nice-sounding acoustically,” said MSM’s Ken Clasen. “The house audio system complements the environment with a very rich and full sound of its own. Offering us the same QSC quality as found in the company’s CX Series amplifiers, the ISA amps provide clean, transparent power for the four-way rig at a great price. Value doesn’t have to mean ‘cheap,’ and every ISA component is working proof of just that.”

For more information on the venue, visit www.stiefeltheatre.org.

In other QSC news, the Metropolis club (Fremantle, Australia) has enjoyed a high profile in this city, and during the past few years, it has been undergoing a major redesign project. Managing director Mario Madaffari is overseeing the project.

The club is designed around the concept of creating five separate “chambers,” representing the elements of fire, Earth, air, water and metal. The most recent space to benefit from the redesign is Chamber 5, or air. C5 features the club’s primary dance floor system, as well as the Art Bar and Blue Bar. It also boasts the fully restored traditional upper balcony.

Madaffari brought in Technical Audio Group’s (TAG) technical director Anthony Russo to oversee the system design of C5 and created a system based around Martin Audio enclosures powered by QSC amplification.

A series of specially designed acoustic “clouds” and wall panels were installed to control reverberation in the room. The sound system is based on two Martin Audio W3 and six EM56 cabinets, with two Blackline S15 subwoofers. The W3s are located at left and right front of house, while the EM56s are strategically placed around the dance floor. The subs are installed under the stage.

QSC PLX and CX Series amplifiers power the system. The bi-amped W3 cabs run on PLX 1202 amps for the mid high region, with PLX 1602s for the bottom end. Another PLX 1602, running in Bridged mode, powers the subs. Four-channel CX 254s drive the EM56 surrounds. The QSControl software affords the system the flexibility to configure the EM56 speakers as either FOH or dance floor surround, or to run both modes simultaneously.

Now that C5’s redesign is complete, the TAG crew has turned their sights to the other chambers within the club. Chamber 2, Earth, is next slated for a reworking, with plans to include a cocktail chill-out space and more intimate ambience.

For more on the gear, visit www.qscaudio.com.

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