Paradise Theater NY

AVS Production Group ,the Bronx based company, was contracted to handle sound installation


The Paradise Theater is one of greater New York's leading destinations. With its Greco-Roman statuary and marble columns that line gilded walls crowded with murals of winged cherubs and cloud-bound figurines reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel, this 80-year old, registered landmark building with a seating capacity of 3,785 people is host to performers of all genres. From R&B artists Stephanie Mills, Freddie Jackson, Jaheim & Friends, and The O'Jays to the Blacktop Circus Improv Troupe, there's something for everyone at this legendary venue. Lately, patrons could hear every last word-thanks to a potent setup consisting of Aero line arrays.

Engineer Fernando Garcia of the AVS Production Group, the Bronx, NY-based production company contracted to handle sound at the Paradise Theater, was instrumental in both specifying and erecting the massive sound system that consists of twenty D.A.S. Audio Aero 50 large format, 3-way line array modules plus another four Aero 12A 2-way, compact, mid-high line array elements. He discussed the challenges of the room and his reasons for selecting the D.A.S. Audio equipment.

"The challenge of correcting the sound system was complicated by the ornate nature of the hall," he continued. "We originally envisioned a line array system where all the elements were flown and the individual boxes were pinned to provide coverage both in the balcony and on the main floor. We were limited, however, in terms of the weight we could hang without modifications to the ceiling area, which was ruled out because of aesthetic considerations. As a result, the solution to provide the most uniform coverage was a combination of flown and ground stacked loudspeakers."

The Paradise Theater's loudspeaker setup consists of ten D.A.S. Audio Aero 50 enclosures on each side of the stage-with six enclosures flown and the remaining four ground stacked on the stage edges and vertically aligned with the overhead clusters. These enclosures are driven by ten Lab Gruppen FP1000Q 4-channel amplifiers-five amps per side. For front fill, four D.A.S. Audio Aero 12A self-powered, compact line array elements are evenly distributed across the front center of the stage area. Loudspeaker management tasks are handled by a D.A.S. Audio DSP-4080 4-in / 8-out digital processor. Subwoofers and stage monitors are proprietary.

During the installation of the new sound reinforcement system, which occurred last November, Garcia was impressed not just with the sonic performance of the D.A.S. Audio equipment, but also with the company's technical support services and the hardware. "Right from the start," Garcia reports, "the D.A.S. team was extremely helpful. They assisted with the modeling of the loudspeakers, which was performed with EASE Focus, and were of great help responding to the various questions I had."

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