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NASHVILLE’S SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER PREPARES FOR ITS INAUGURAL
SEASON WITH XTA DP428 DIGITAL SYSTEM CONTROLLER
— The $120 million Schermerhorn Center, new home to the Nashville
Symphony, uses the DP428 for loudspeaker management —
— Akustiks, designer of the Schermerhorn’s sound system,
chose the DP428 for its comprehensive feature package, reliable performance
and exceptional sound—
NSCA EXPO, LAS VEGAS, NV, March 16, 2006 —
In September, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center will open as the new
home for the acclaimed Nashville Symphony. In the process, it will give
the city of Nashville a new star in its universe of famed sound venues
— from the studios of Music Row to the Bluebird Café —
and will also set a new standard for what a symphonic space can sound
like. Helping to achieve that heightened benchmark is the XTA DP428
digital speaker management system, with performance as remarkable in
its own way as the Symphony itself.
The sound system for the Schermerhorn Center, which was
named for the late Kenneth Schermerhorn, the longtime director and conductor
of the Nashville Symphony, consists of EAW KF761 line arrays flown with
eight cabinets per side. This system can also be reconfigured as a single
center cluster depending on program requirements. In addition, a speech
reinforcement system is available in the hall for use when the larger
sound reinforcement system is not employed.
Anthony Nittoli, Principal Sound system Designer at Akustiks,
LLC, designed the system, and he is enthusiastic about what the XTA
DP428 brings to it. “I’ve been using the XTA processors
for ten years, and the DP428 is what we’ve been asking for,”
he comments. “It offers the same pristine sound as the previous
XTA processors — the DP200, DP202, DP224 and DP226 — but
it also adds critical new functionality at the front end of the system.
We used to employ stand-alone routers in the signal path, but the DP428
lets us reroute the program within the XTA’s. That eliminates
an entire other piece of equipment, which simplifies systems and makes
them that much more reliable.”
The PA for the 197,000-square-foot Schermerhorn Center
is substantial — it has 120-plus microphone lines that feed an
in-house recording control booth and the FOH position, and the DP428
is used as the front end to the entire sound system. “It handles
parametric EQ, delays and crossovers for the boxes,” says Nittoli.
“I’ve used them in dozens of installations for years and
I have never, ever had a single issue with their reliability or their
performance. The Schermerhorn is a real showcase venue, and we never
even had to think twice about using the DP428. It was simply a given.
On this project — on any project — we cannot afford to compromise.”
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