San Diego, CA (February 10, 2016)—First built as a movie theater in 1929, these days the 1,200-capacity Observatory North Park in San Diego is a music venue that hosts the likes of Anti Flag, St. Lucia, Lake Street Dive and Dr. Dog. Making sure that the house system could handle the variety of genres that regularly come through the venue, a new Adamson S10 line array system was recently designed and installed into the Observatory by Sound Image (Escondido, CA).
The venue has been in operation for years, but things have changed under new management that took over the Observatory last year. “The previous owners had a similar idea with the room but failed,” said Garrett Wysocki, audio manager at The Observatory. “The sound system they had in here was seriously under powered. Customers and bands were constantly complaining. One of the first things we did was start checking out reputable systems that would provide the quality and coverage the bands and customers demand.”
Entering the picture was Jesse Adamson, director of business development at nearby Sound Image. Sound Image demonstrated two systems at The Observatory, one of which was the new S10 line array from Adamson. “I wanted quality and coverage,” Wysocki said. “When I heard the S10 I knew we had the solution. The sound was amazing and the coverage is incredible. There is not a bad seat in the house.”
Sound Image and the Adamson support team worked with Wysocki and Ryan Blank, The Observatory operations manager, to put together a system based around left-right arrays made up of eight S10 enclosures each and eight E119 subwoofers ground stacked, four per side.
“When the owners purchased the building, it was with the intention of turning the space into the best live music venue in San Diego,” concludes Wysocki. “So far, so good. We’re ticking off everyone else in town with sold-out shows and a reputation for the best PA in the area.”
Observatory North Park
Adamson Systems Engineering