The Flying Monkey

The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center in Plymouth with D.A.S.

  Part of The Common Man family of restaurants, The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center attracts audiences from all around New England and beyond for shows featuring some of the best contemporary musical and comedy acts. The Flying Monkey’s upcoming schedule includes violinist / fiddler Natalie MacMaster, singer / songwriter Judy Collins and guitarist Johnny Winter, among others. Providing sound reinforcement for artists of this stature is nothing to be taken lightly. That’s why a new sound system using components from D.A.S. Audio was selected.

Manchester, NH-based K Production Services, a full service production, design / build firm specializing in professional audio presentation services was contracted to design and oversee installation of the newly renovated theater's sound system. Ultimately, a selection of D.A.S. Audio Aero 12A powered line array modules and LX-215A powered subwoofer systems were deployed. Gary Agresti, the firm’s President, discussed the nature of the project.

“The Flying Monkey is an old converted movie house. It is very oddly shaped and presented many sound-related challenges for live audio performance. The venue envisioned offering shows from a variety of genres—from soft acoustic acts all the way through loud rock concerts—and, thus, we needed to find a sound reinforcement solution that would provide maximum dispersion and clarity at all sound pressure levels.”

The Flying Monkey’s main loudspeaker system consists of fourteen D.A.S. Audio Aero 12A line array elements—flown six modules per side (stage left/right). Low frequency support for these two loudspeaker clusters is provided by two D.A.S. LX-215A sub bass enclosures—one per side, vertically aligned with the overhead Aero 12A hangs. Additionally, there are two Aero 12A’s mounted from the theater’s ceiling toward the rear of the space.  These are used as an upper balcony delay system. A D.A.S. Audio DSP-4080 stereo / mono processor handles loudspeaker management tasks while an Avid Venue SC48 digital console resides at Front of House.

Agresti commented: “With their self-powered design the D.A.S. Aero Series 2 systems were the ideal match for this project. The D.A.S. equipment provides consistent coverage throughout the space, as well as excellent speech intelligibility and music reproduction characteristics. We work with many national touring acts that have used just about every conceivable audio system out there. We’re constantly being told they feel the sound at The Flying Monkey is some of the best they've encountered. The feedback from the Monkey patrons is just as positive, with many saying, ‘in their opinion, it’s the best sounding venue in the region.”

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