Chicago, IL (May 9, 2012)—Success breeds success, so it’s no surprise that Second City Comedy Theatre, now its fifth decade, sired an offspring last year with The Up Comedy Club in the Piper’s Alley area of Chicago. The 385-seat venue sports a new audio system with a Yamaha LS9-32 digital console and Nexo PS8 speakers, all installed by Gand Sound Installations of Glenview, IL.
“When we initially were brought in, we were asked to make recommendations to the then General Manager from Second City’s Toronto facility,” says Gary Gand, President, Gand Sound Installations. “The main criteria were to use the smallest speakers so that they would be essentially invisible to the audience. In the beginning, the general manager thought that analog mixing with a big rack of outboard gear was the way to go. Part way through the project, Jeremy Smith, who has been with Second City since 2002 as stage manager for their touring company, was brought into the fold. He understood that the Yamaha LS9-32 digital console we had presented was the way to go. The console allowed for a smaller equipment footprint in the front of house booth and the capability of storing presets for every show, adding instant repeatability from rehearsal to performance.”
“A 36″ deep duct running left to right through the center of the room made for a unique challenge,” notes Gand. “This was tackled by installing four Nexo PS8U speakers over the stage and an additional pair on the back side of the duct which are delayed. Rigging was also a challenge to locate the PS8’s where they would do what the GeoSoft software promised. Utilizing Nexo’s own proprietary rigging hardware allowed us to aim cabinets to match the software recommendations.” Two LS400 subwoofers were installed along with two Nexo NXAmp 4×1 amplifiers.
Up Comedy Club
Gand Sound Installations
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