New Haven, CT (January 6, 2016)—New Haven may be the home to Yale, but that’s not the only college-oriented site with history there. There’s also College Street Music Hall, built in 1926 and essentially shuttered in 2002 until this past May, when it reopened following an extensive renovation that included the installation of a L-Acoustics Kara(i) line array system, designed and installed by Boston-based Audiospectrum, Inc.
The system, which is comprised of two flown hangs of 14 Kara(i) and four SB18 per side, is bolstered two arrays of ground-stacked SB28 subwoofers and four coaxial 8XTi, deployed horizontally for lip fill. The asymmetric under-balcony area is covered by two 12XTi and two 8XTi coaxial enclosures.
On stage, a total of five SB18 subs are used: two under each left and right pair of flown constant curvature ARCS II side fills, and one deployed as a drum fill. L-Acoustics 115XT HiQ wedges provide floor monitoring, and four LA8 amplified controllers power the system.
The newly renovated auditorium can be configured from 650 floor seats with the balcony area closed to a general-admission, floor-filling capacity of 2,000.
“Kara was the most appropriate choice for this theater,” said Audiospectrum Principal Rafael Jaimes, who supervised the project. An inspection by structural engineers revealed that there were not enough usable hang points to support a full flown line array system. Instead, a “goal post” truss was designed. “It’s a lightweight box with big sound,” said Jaimes. “That’s exactly what this project needed.”
College Street Music Hall