New York (April 4, 2007)–Alfred Lerner Hall at Columbia University may have only opened eight years ago, but the multipurpose facility, measuring 120′ long by 80′ wide, sounded terrible. In 2005, Joe Ricciutti, a director in the University event management department at Columbia University, who oversees the technical services at Lerner Hall approached the University’s senior administration to plead his case for an audio upgrade, and that led more recently to an upgrade to a Turbosound Aspect loudspeaker system installed by L&M Sound of Staten Island.
L&M’s LCR design included a center cluster of four Turbosound TA-500 loudspeakers hung in a two-over-two formation. There is independent control of the top and bottom two cabinets in the center cluster to compensate for the acoustical changes in the Hall when the balcony wall is open or closed. Left and right were one each of the Turbosound TA-500s, and four Turbosound TSB-118 subwoofers are stored in a recessed area behind the proscenium. The subwoofers’ placement matches the flown left and right loudspeakers when pulled out onto the stage. The under balcony and front fills were replaced with three each of the Turbosound TCS-30 loudspeakers.
Ricciutti noted, “The prime directive for the new sound design was that anyone walking into Lerner Hall must be enveloped in sound. The system needed to provide even coverage. It had to be seamless as I walk around the space and up into the balcony. The rest was up to the contractor.”