New York, NY (January 28, 2004)–The recent Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative event at Lincoln Center needed a sound system and design that worked like clockwork. Held in the promenade of the New York State Theatre, Rolex required the sound system and production elements meet very high standards. Elliot Winick Productions brought in SIA Acoustics, a New York-based firm, to develop the sound design and acoustical treatment with the Rolex design team. At the heart of the system was an ATI Paragon II console that handled inputs which included Schoeps podium microphones, several hard disc recorder/playback machines, CD players, and digital videotape machines.
The promenade, about 200 feet in length, 60 feet wide and 45 feet tall was configured for an audience of 800 invited guests. The venue, constructed primarily of glass and marble, presented ample sound and acoustical challenges to overcome. The sound system needed to overcome the high level of reverberation in the promenade despite a production design that limited where loudspeakers could be placed and called for three separate presentation areas–actually in the audience. Additionally the Rolex design team wanted the sound from the podiums to come directly from the presenter at a particular podium, so an unusually complex system was needed. To achieve the desired amount of intelligibility and high impact music reproduction, over 200 4′ x 4′ two-inch thick acoustical panels were strategically placed to work in conjunction with a highly directional distributed sound system.
In addition to the Paragon console, components of the SIA designed sound system included 30 Meyer M1D loudspeakers assembled in seven compact line arrays along the promenade’s perimeter; 12 Meyer MM4 cube speakers employed as front fill around each of the podiums; eight Meyer UPM-2P fill speakers; and two Meyer M3D subwoofers. A quartet of BSS Soundweb units located at the audio mixing position in the balcony were used for equalization and delay. The whole system was optimized by Sockey using SIA Smaart measurement software.