Tinley Park, IL (July 25, 2012)—Clearwing Productions of Milwaukee recently designed and installed a full L-Acoustics lawn delay system at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL.
The First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, run by Live Nation, hosts a variety of music artists, from country, pop, rock and hip hop, and accommodates nearly 400,000 music fans a year. With over 10,000 seats and room for another 18,000 people on the lawn, the venue requires a delay system to match the audio quality experienced by those seated under the shed. Using L-Acoustics Soundvision acoustical modeling software, Clearwing’s Bryan Baumgardner designed a delay system featuring four arrays of Kara and two main LR arrays comprised of 12 cabinets and two outer arrays of nine enclosures. With the help of Clearwing’s Kevin Gillson, the arrays were flown under the back lip of the shed roof and are powered by eight LA8 amplified controllers.
"Clearwing came out earlier this year, took a bunch of photos and measurements of the venue, imported those details into the computer, and then gave us several potential system designs to choose from," said Live Nation Central Region Production Director Chris Weathers. "The visual models spoke a thousand words in terms of exactly what coverage and level we would achieve with each system, and how we would minimize the noise pollution into the community just beyond our perimeter. It made it extremely easy to show management how an L-Acoustics system would overcome the obstacles and challenges that our previous system had failed to adequately address.
"With nearly two-thirds of our audience seated on the lawn during sold-out performances, the majority of our customers are now hearing shows on the new delay system, which is an obvious improvement," Weathers said. "In the grand scheme of things, I really think that our purchase of Kara and LA8 will equate to much higher customer satisfaction and, ultimately, better ticket sales, so it's a great return on investment."