|The main theater is configured as a mono cluster of two EAW loudspeakers, a Yamaha 1218 subwoofer, under-balcony Yamaha IF2205 fill speakers, a comprehensive monitor system, and a hearing loop that can take as its source a pair of ambient microphones or a direct line from the Yamaha digital console.
The new Weber Center for the Performing Arts in La
Crosse, WI is a dream come true, not only for the residents of the
Mississippi River city, but also for the two institutions that partnered
to build the $8 million facility.
The La Crosse Community Theatre
endured the cramped and ill-suited conditions of its previous space
while theater and performing arts students at Viterbo University put
up with rehearsals in hallways and other inconveniences not befitting
so prestigious a liberal arts institution. Beyond a spacious lobby,
patrons will now find a 450-seat main theater with ideal sightlines and
a versatile 100-seat black box theater, which features a sound system
designed and installed by Commercial AV Systems of nearby Onalaska,
WI to achieve maximum flexibility and accommodate future expansion
on a very tight budget.
“We designed the system so that you can essentially route audio
from anywhere to anywhere,” said Ryan Van Berkum, the commercial
AV systems project manager who designed and oversaw the installation
of the new system. “Nothing is hard-patched—Dante takes care of
Split between the two performance spaces, four Symetrix SymNet
Radius 12x8 processors at the Weber Center effectively behave as one
large custom processor because they communicate via Dante. Together,
they also handle the routing logic for nine zones of paging. Like the
Dante-based SymNet Edge system, the Radius 12x8 is configured
using SymNet Composer open architecture software.
Eight channels of audio can flow simultaneously between the two
performance spaces in overflow situations. In addition, the community
theatre and school both anticipate scenarios where one performance
space may serve as a prop room or dressing room for the other. By
allowing audio to flow between them, critical cues and other information
will not be missed.
|The sound system in the new Weber Center for the Performing Arts in La Crosse, WI is designed and installed
around four Symetrix SymNet Radius 12x8 processors.
The main theater is configured as a mono cluster of two EAW
loudspeakers, a Yamaha 1218 subwoofer, under-balcony Yamaha
IF2205 fill speakers, a comprehensive monitor system, and a hearing
loop that can take as its source a pair of ambient microphones or a direct
line from the Yamaha digital console. The console is outfitted with two
Dante network cards, one for transfer of signal to the SymNet Radius
12x8 system and one for transfer to a Yamaha digital stage box. In
addition, a presentation mode in the main theater supports four input
channels—mic, line, or audio from a direct box.
The black box theater makes use of the theaters’ existing Allen &
Heath console. A fixed Yamaha IS1118 subwoofer provides low-end
support in either full-range or discrete mode. The presentation mode
has similar behavior and channel count as the main theater, simplifying
training requirements for staff and volunteers while facilitating use of
the black box space for simple events without a tech on hand.
The La Crosse Community Theatre will kick off its new season in the
Weber Center for the Performing Arts with the comedy Noises Off.
The students of Viterbo University will break it in with a performance
of Little Women – The Broadway Musical.