Orlando, FL (May 24, 2007)--Inside the Grand Bohemian Hotel, the Klimt Rotunda is the place to be, offering up live music throughout the day, all week long. Whether it's a solo pianist playing the room's massive Bosendorfer grand piano in the afternoons, or a jazz duo noodling during Sunday brunch, or the ensembles and DJs who take over in the evenings towards the end of the week, music is the lifeblood of the venue. So when the Rotunda needed an audio makeover recently, rather than tear up the lushly appointed room and stop the music, the venue turned to Orlando-based William Sams Acoustics (WSA), Inc., who, in turn, recommended a wireless solution from Lectrosonics.
While the Klimt Rotunda is the hotel's main performance space, its diminutive size makes it necessary to "pipe" the musical performances into two larger adjacent rooms so as to accommodate more people. In addressing the challenge presented to him, William Sams, principal consultant, noted, "While there is a power outlet under the piano in the rotunda, there is no other conduit, so running cable would have required opening up the floor, which was never seriously considered. We approached the idea of discreetly matting a few cables through the area, but since people enter and exit on both sides of the rotunda, this too, was deemed unacceptable. A wireless solution made the most sense."
For the wireless setup, Sams installed a Helpinstill model 180 piano sensor into the Boesendorfer grand, which feeds a Lectrosonics UH400TM transmitter. "We really needed a wide-band wireless system with no companding to accommodate the piano," said Sams. "This is what made the Lectrosonics equipment the only serious choice."
Sams also designed and installed a small box near the base of the piano that has two additional Lectrosonics UH400TM transmitters to support the bass and drums. This setup brings the transmitters out to another jack with an illuminated label, so the performers can readily see where to make their connections. The drums are acquired by a single AKG 451 overhead microphone while bass players utilize an EV N/D468 microphone.
Sitting discreetly off to the side of the rotunda is a custom built, locking, 18-space rack cabinet from MT Cases. This holds an Ashley MX508 mixer, the Lectrosonics Venue receiver with VRS modules, and two SPL Dynamaxx dual compressors, along with the transmitters and microphones when they are not in use. Mixes that feed the adjoining rooms are created here and fed to the house background music (BGM) system.
For distribution throughout the Bosendorfer Lounge and the Boheme restaurant, the upgraded BGM system includes new dbx Zonepro 1260 and 640 DSP routing processors, a dbx ZC3 scene selector, three dbx ZC1 volume controls, and a dbx ZC-FIRE muting interface. The new system provides a mode selector at the edge of the rotunda where the musicians can simply switch between BGM and Live Performance modes.