Saint Paul, MN (October 31, 2017)—Built in 1916, the Palace Theater was shuttered in St. Paul for 30 years until it was renovated and brought back to life last year. This year has seen that revitalization effort continue, as the 2,500-seat venue recently had a new audio system installed by local integrator and rental vendor Allied Productions and Sales.
Randy Hawkins, head audio engineer at the Palace Theatre, noted that while the new L-Acoustics K2 PA was installed this past August, the theater got an inadvertent sneak peek as to what it would sound like beforehand: “The Pixies came through with the exact same system we have here now, and everyone was amazed at how good it sounded,” Hawkins recalls. “There were a couple of other systems in here on a temporary basis, but none of them could come close to what we have now.”
There are 13 K2 loudspeakers per side in a two-hang stereo system, each array topped with three K1-SB subs, while eight KS28 subs are ground-stacked below, four per side. To help cover an under-balcony area, there’s a center-fill cluster of three Kiva II speakers, with four X8 coaxial speakers for the front-fill array.
Another four X8s act as delay speakers for the bar area under the balcony, while two more take the sound to the back of the floor. The main system is powered by 14 AVB-ready LA12X amplified controllers, with four AVB-equipped LA4X amplified controllers on hand for the fill and delay speakers. Onstage, a monitor array composed of six Arcs II speakers, 14 X15 HiQ wedges and six SB18 subwoofers are all powered by nine LA8 amplified controllers.
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