Brooklyn, NY (March 15, 2013)—To accompany the expansion of its event space, the Brooklyn Historical Society chose to install a pair of eight-channel Ashly ne8250 amplifiers as the heart of the building’s A/V system.
Inputs to the system include a Blu-Ray player, a DVD player, iPod docks, and XM Satellite Radio together with a bevy of sound reinforcement and wireless microphones. A sixteen-channel Soundcraft FX16 mixer on a rolling rack helps with live music events and the performing arts. A Peavey Media Matrix NION N3 system handles all of the processing and routing. A Listen Technologies assisted listening system exceeds ADA requirements. The stage floor monitor system featuring four JBL wedge floor monitors, dbx EQs and a QSC RMX2400 amplifier provides sound to stage performers. A second roll around rack with automated and manual mixers, and other facilities for tabletop conference style usage, allows setup of conference and lecture mics anywhere. The two eight-channel Ashly ne8250 amplifiers power fourteen JBL AC 1895 two-way loudspeakers and a pair of EAW UB82s. Four QSC RMX 2400 amplifiers power the four EAW SB180 subwoofers.
Dedicated to educating people about Brooklyn’s past and how it has shaped the present, the society holds numerous lectures, meetings and other events in its historical four-story building. The building, designed by architect George B. Post and completed in 1881, was renovated a decade ago, but continues to be upgraded as needed.
“The Brooklyn Historical Society wanted a high-performing A/V system with a lot of flexibility and simple, foolproof operation,” said Peter Starr, owner and chief designer at the Starr Entertainment Group, the firm contracted to design and install the new system. “That’s the trend these days. Not only will the society use the space for its own artists, lecturers and musicians, but it plans to rent the space for any conceivable event type. It’s therefore competing with hotels and other venues with event spaces.”
“Because the building itself is so historic and architecturally stunning, we had to be very careful in our design so as not to damage or spoil the gorgeous columns, wood and soffits,” Starr added. “That constrained us to placing the loudspeakers twenty-two feet in the air. Nevertheless, the society wanted the ability to provide small concert-volume sound reinforcement when needed. Their list of requests was extensive, and we had to be ready for everything from a simple background music system for a gallery opening to a full-on rock show. In previous installations, the Ashly ne8250 amplifier has proven itself to be tremendously reliable and powerful. At 250 watts per channel, they have a lot of ‘oomph’ and stand up to scrutiny in demanding listening situations.”
The Starr Entertainment Group worked very closely with architect Thomas Ryan of Christoff:Finio Architecture and the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Associate Director, Janice Monger.