'Showtime In Harlem" Brings in XTA Gear

Apr 11, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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NBC’s late-night variety series Showtime In Harlem recently switched venues from the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem to the larger space of the Hammerstein Ballroom in Midtown. One Dream Sound, the New York-based company that provided the program's P.A. system, brought in a wide array of XTA processing equipment for complete audio control in the cavernous 3,000-seat venue.

One Dream Sound provided a large Martin Audio P.A. with 10 mid-high boxes per side on a stage that was set up to re-create the Apollo’s. "It is a big P.A., but we specialize in large systems for broadcast and live events." said David Ferdinand, CEO of One Dream Sound. "The space is quite large, and the trick in doing music for television is to get the room under control: keep the volume in check, but still get the excitement level up."

One Dream Sound also brought in a broad array of XTA processing equipment, including six XTA C2 dual/stereo compressors, six G2 gates, a pair of GQ600 dual/stereo 30-band EQs, four each of the DP200 and DP224 speaker-management systems, two DP226 systems and a pair of XTA SIDDs. The C2 was used on all vocal microphones, while the G2was employed on the entire drum kit. The SIDDs were utilized, in Ferdinand’s words, to "act as a ’mastering system’ for the overall P.A.

" Ferdinand continued, "One of the key things is not to let the room get away from you. That takes compression and limiting. But with most comp/limiters, you can hear them ‘breathin,’ or even hear distortion when the compression kicks in. That’s never the case with the XTA C2 compressor. It’s incredibly clean and transparent in its operation and its sound. The client was extremely happy with the system’s performance."

The crew for the show included One Dream Sound’s Greg Rosenkranz and Thom Wright, and FOH mixer Kevin Hartman of client Good Brothers Sound.

For more on the XTA gear, visit www.xta.co.uk.

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