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New Brooklyn venue gets ‘solid’ L-Acoustics and Digico combo

A new live venue in New York City has been fitted with L-Acoustics line arrays for its loudspeaker system.

NYC-based concert promoter The Bowery Presents (TBP) opened Brooklyn Steel in East Williamsburg in April this year, which hosted five sold-out LCD Soundsystem shows in the week it opened.

The venue uses a L-Acoustics soundspeaker system and a 56-channel Digico SD10 console at front of house, with a 56-channel SD9 available for monitors.

Supplied by Long-Island-based See Factor, the audio set-up was installed and designed by TBP’s in-house team.

Said Mark Friedman of See Factor: “Having worked with The Bowery Presents on numerous venues over the years, See Factor’s first choice of L-Acoustics and Digico is a solid combination that has firmly built our fruitful relationship of trust with the promoter.

“The Bowery Presents has always recognised the value of providing the highest quality production infrastructure available to best enhance both audiences’ and bands’ overall live experience.”

The venue boasts adaptable flown arrays that can be repositioned via a gantry crane adopted from the space’s former life as a steel distribution business. The stage is also able to be resized depending on expected audience attendance for each show.

The main left and right hangs each comprise 10 K2 array modules, while four Kara boxes provide frontfill. Four K1-SB subs flown behind each array provide low frequency extension – with the added benefit of noise reduction on the performance area – while eight KS28 subs are distributed beneath the stage.

“The Bowery Presents has always made sure that their venues sound good; it’s really important to them,” said Brooklyn Steel production manager Evan Player, who has worked for the company for almost 10 years.

For smaller shows, the venue may close the balcony. “We have this great general admission floor; the balconies don’t intrude on them and everybody gets great sightlines. The PA is perfectly set up for that,” Player added.

“We had to be able to contain the audio with the volumes we need inside and be compliant with New York City code on the outside,” said Scott Raved from TBP.

Windows along one wall facing nearby residences were replaced with concrete-filled blocks, with a “decent amount of interior acoustic treatment” also done, according to Raved.

Production manager Lorne Grabe spent nearly a year using L-Acoustics prediction software Soundvision to get an idea of what they wanted. He said: “I spent about a year with L-Acoustics’ prediction software, tweaking it and going back and forth with Scott, working out where the stage and the gantry crane were going to be. It’s a beautiful venue, and set up perfectly.”