Eureka Springs, AR (March 18, 2004)–The aging City Auditorium in Eureka Springs, AR has been undergoing an extensive restoration, returning the venue to its original 1928 splendor. The city’s mayor hired Branson, MO-based Backstage Connections, a full-service theatrical design, fabrication, and consulting company, to handle the renovation effort, while Ed Sandor and Mike O’Connell of Sandor Sound Services (Kimberling City, MO) were commissioned as consultants and design of the audio system.
Since the Landmark-status venue was being restored to its original state, Sandor soon discovered there wasn’t much space to work with to place modern audio gear like amp racks and large speakers. It was readily apparent that any system installed into the venue would have to be compact, both to meet size requirements and also to avoid sight-line issues for seats in the balcony. “We could not change any of the original structure, such as making space for soffit-mounted speakers, adding amp rooms and so on,” said Sandor. “Speaker placement was crucial and we didn’t have too many options. With these restrictions, it was a challenge to cover the seating area in the main floor as well as balcony with limited boxes.”
After O’Connell modeled the room, he and Sandor chose to go with a Meyer Sound self-powered system based around a pair of MLS-4s for long throws, a pair of CQ-1s for short throw; a pair of PSW-2 subs, a pair of UPM-1P for front fills, and four UPM-1P for balcony fills. According to Sandor, the new PA system is versatile enough to handle the venue’s varied performance schedule, as it typically hosts everything from local theater performances to concerts by name acts like Ray Charles. The Mayor and Auditorium management are reportedly pleased with results. “They were amazed at the clarity and coverage of the system,” said Sandor.
Sandor Sound Services Inc.