Apalachin, NY (August 3, 2015)—The Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin, NY may have been built in 1830, but while it’s a historic place, that doesn’t mean it’s a quiet building with curators and antiques. Instead, the 400 person-capacity site is a bustling, lively place for food, beverage and lots of entertainment, focusing primarily on bluegrass, blues and folk music. Key to that is a suitable sound system designed and installed by Nomad Sound of Austin, TX.
The new system was part of a far larger rebirth of the tavern. “The building has been completely renovated inside and out,” said co-owner Michael Liberty. “The bar was left in the same spot as it has been since the 1940s, but everything around it has changed. It is a two-level venue with catwalks and a balcony to view the music from, as well as a dance floor. The opening weekend was the start of a new life for the historical tavern. It was like witnessing a barn raising all over again—difficult to describe in words, but you can catch a glimmer of something special, seeing the old Tavern renewed and revitalized.”
Aiming to add to the renovation, Nomad Sound had its work cut out for it. “I initially did a walk through of the building and thought the Nexo PS 15 and 10 Series combination would be perfect to cover the space and look good as well,” said Jamie Wellwarth, production manager at Nomad Sound. The Nexo system consists of two PS15s on the main floor PA, two PS10s on the upper level to cover the balcony, four LS18 subs, four Nexo 4×4 power amps powering the system, and a Yamaha CL3 digital audio console at front of house with an iPad used for monitors thanks to the console’s StageMix App, and a Rio3224-D input/output box.”
Stefan Bouts and Randell Squires of Nomad worked alongside Wellwarth as installation techs. Wellwarth said he mixed the second show at the tavern to ensure there was even coverage throughout the room. “The system sounds great and the wood in the room adds to its rich sound.”
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