The Glema Mahr Centre for The Arts recently installed an Adamson SpekTrix system..Madisonville, KY (September 16, 2008)--The Glema Mahr Centre for The Arts, part of Madisonville Community College in Madisonville, KY, hosts different events all the time, from rock shows and touring theatrical productions to community theatre and school functions. Requiring a new audio system that could tackle that variety, the school recently had an Adamson SpekTrix system installed.
The installation consists of 10 SpekTrix, two SpekTrix W, four SpekTrix Subs, and six M15 speakers. The SpekTrix, Ws and Subs were flown in L and R stereo arrays, each with two subs at the top, followed by five Spektrix 5 degree enclosures, and a single 15 degree SpekTrix W as a downfill at the bottom. The M15s are used as triple duty speakers as front fills, stage monitors and as mains for the centre's smaller Coffeehouse series of shows. New amplifiers and processors accompanying the Adamson set-up include Lab.gruppen PLM 10000Q for the subs and SpekTrix boxes; Lab.gruppen fP+6000Q used for the W's MF and LF sections; fP2400 for the W's HF section; and Install Series C48:4 for the monitors. Other products alongside Adamson include existing EV 15" wedges used as situations dictate, and when the M15's are in use as the mains for the Coffeehouse shows, they are bolstered by JBL 18" subs.
Rob Blumrick, Technical Director for The Glema Mahr Centre for The Arts, made the decision to purchase a new system due to problems that existed with the centre's previous set-up. Some of the problems included a simple lack of speakers to adequately produce enough sound to fill the 1,000-seat house, poor maintenance, and improper mounting. "The bid specs went through several changes before a final specs and approach was settled on," said Blumrick. "The tricky part of not using a consultant was keeping the specs vague enough to allow flexibility between installation companies, but making sure that our overall standards were the same. This also allowed bidders to show us unique packages, while still bidding 'apples to apples.'"
After careful comparison and deliberation, Adamson was chosen. "Adamson is a brand that satisfies all of the tech riders we receive from touring acts, and in the past, we had rented Adamson Y-10 arrays for shows with very satisfying results," said Blumrick. "When Adamson was suggested, we got excited because we had originally thought Adamson was out of our budget."
Along with a new Adamson system, additional changes made within the centre included the move of the FOH station from a booth, to a more engineer friendly location at the back of the house, with a new wall/railing around the mix pit to enhance it visually. Since the installation, the centre has received many compliments regarding the evenness of the sound throughout the house, and the intelligibility of the sound produced.
"I love having a real professional Adamson and Lab.gruppen system in the house," says Blumrick. "It frees me from the hassle of coordinating another layer of load-in and it gives me a more consistent sound than rentals that come and go. It also helps me serve the community and allows me treat them like real stars."
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