Dallas, TX (March 7, 2005)–Fair Park Music Hall, home of Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) and seasonal performances of The Dallas Opera and Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, is undergoing a sound renovation. Systems integrator Ford Audio-Video (FAV) is installing a complete digital audio and digitally controlled sound reinforcement system.
With the installation of a true stereo sound system, replacing the mono system, audiences will be able to hear separate feeds from different directions. “It’s very exciting for the people for the first time to hear a Broadway musical the way it is suppose to sound,” said Bill Broyles director of operations of DSM.
One feature of the system is a digital signal processing system, a computer-controlled unit that combines all audio processing into one device. It can function as a crossover, equalizer, and mixer. It can also perform a signal delay function and limiting and compressing, as well. The processors will allow the sound system operator to steer the sound to appear as though it is coming from specific locations on the stage.
Fair Park Music Hall was built in 1925 and has gone through many renovations. For years there have been complaints of “dead spots” where theater-goers couldn’t hear sound or vocals. “Acoustics were fairly decent in the building, but the sound system was inadequate,” stated FAV account manager Jim Nelson. FAV removed eight speakers and is in the process of installing 46. “When it is finished, it should yield top quality sound coverage for all audience members,” stated Broyles.
PMK Consultants, a Dallas based consultant group in acoustics and audio/visual design, asked Ford Audio-Video Systems to install the system. “Ford has done a number of projects for us and has always provided good quality work. We wanted to negotiate directly with Ford to get this job done,” explained Jerrold Stevens PMK senior consultant.
Other system features include a new intercom system, increased microphone inputs from 24 to 96 and over 13 miles of wiring. Work will be finished for the summer opening of Hairspray on March 15th.