New York, NY (March 30, 2007)–The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park is New York’s primary institution of public education about modern Jewish history and the Holocaust. The Museum’s Robert M. Morgenthau Wing, located on the waterfront of NY Harbor in Battery Park City, offers views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and includes a 5,000 square-foot event space, an outdoor terrace with adjacent indoor space, classrooms with multi-media facilities, and the 375-seat Edmond J. Safra Hall, which now sports a Nexo Geo S PA.
The work of acoustic designer, Peter George, Safra Hall is the Museum’s premier performance space for public programs including films, concerts, lectures, dramatic productions, and panel discussions. Though careful thought went into the architectural and acoustic design of the hall, less attention was originally given to the needs for amplified performances and presentations. A ceiling-mounted loudspeaker system carried the burden of speech reinforcement for lecture/presentations.
“For any public program that required much more than sound for one speaker,” said the Museum’s technical manager, Matt Szwed, “the Museum had to rent a sound system.” In addition to its own events, the Museum books the hall to corporate clients such as Forbes, IBM, Time-Warner, and for use by the Tribeca Film Festival. And for most of those events, obstruction of sightlines (especially for film) was an issue when a rental system was brought in.
Sightline obstruction–as well as aesthetic considerations–were not a problem when the Museum rented a Nexo Geo S array from Viper Studios (www.viperstudio.com), and in the summer of 2005, demo’d a system for a month. The Museum realized its need for a permanent solution that would match the hall’s sound technology to the level of its acoustics and aesthetics. Over one month in late Summer 2006, Viper Studios’ Charles Moses and systems tech Art Williams, along with Szwed, installed a main house system consisting of two clusters of four Geo S 805s, one Geo S 830, and one Nexo CD12 Subwoofer per side. The installation also included a stage monitoring system of four Nexo PS8s and PS10s; two PS8s have dual functions as either front fills or additional monitors.
“The idea was to have a permanent system that was elegant and discrete in design and appearance,” said Szwed, “that would offer the best in sound quality and eliminate any sightline issues.” Moses and Viper’s acoustical engineer, Burton Ishmael, EASE-modeled the hall and found that, “Nexo Geo S was the correct speaker solution to compliment that room,” says Moses. Using Nexo GeoSoft2 software confirmed their Ease findings.
The stage is approximately four feet above seating level, and the ceiling approximately 20 feet above the stage. “Before our acoustical analysis,” said Moses, “we knew that the arrays, five cabinets per side, needed to be as tight to the ceiling as possible to reduce any sightline issues and, more than that, making them virtually unnoticeable. The system produces even SPLs from the front row seats to the rear of the house. The podium microphones are in close proximity to the house right stack without headroom gain being sacrificed. Also, the Geo S are extremely quiet onstage making it the perfect sound solution for such an intimate performance space. The PS10 and PS8 stage monitors are extremely low profile, clean and natural sounding. Performing artists are fascinated by the sound quality they experience onstage.”
The Nexo arrays are supported by two NX242TD Geo S Processors, and the monitors by two Nexo PS10TD and PS8TD Processors. Two Camco 3Q 4-channel amplifiers and two Camco Vortex 6.0 amplifiers drive the systems. Viper also installed a custom Whirlwind 32×8 Stage Box with Monitor and FOH Tails, and a complete Sennheiser wireless mic system.
Museum of Jewish Heritage