Los Angeles, CA (September 22, 2016)—Valencia, California-based ATK Audiotek has provided live sound for the ESPY awards since it debuted in 1993; for this year’s edition, the company provided an Eastern Acoustic Works Anna system for the event, held at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. It in fact marked the company’s first time using the system.
“Because on-the-air coverage requires more theater visibility than is typical, we were interested in using a more compact array like Anna,” said ATK’s vice president of Special Events, Mikael Stewart. “The system had to be discreet, in addition to providing high quality sound and excellent coverage.”
Anna arrays, which hang straight, could be trimmed at 32 feet to keep the stage open for television broadcast purposes. EAW’s technical training manager Bernie Broderick designed and dialed in the system using EAW’s Resolution software. Two arrays, each made up of two columns of six Anna modules, were hung to the left and right of the stage to cover the majority of the seating area.
A center array, consisting of a single column of six Anna modules completed the system. The result was nearly 150 degrees of coverage with fewer arrays than previous systems ATK Audiotek has deployed at the Microsoft Theater.
“Not only is the room wide, but the stage is also wide—close to 100 feet,” said Stewart. “It’s not a bad room by any means, but it does have its acoustical challenges—any space with that much volume will. I thought Anna performed very well.”