Durant, OK (March 4, 2016)—Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla. recently opened the Grand Theater, a multi-purpose venue featuring one of the largest Meyer Sound Leo Family line array system installations in North America. Since opening with a sellout show by Aerosmith, the Grand Theater has hosted acts such as Kiss, Kid Rock, Boyz II Men, and Kenny Rogers.
The Grand Theater is a multipurpose venue with front seating removable or telescoping to open a flat floor providing up to 10,000 square feet of event space. Accordingly, the room is equivalent to half of a small arena in volume, with throw distances of 125 feet from the stage to back seats.
Leo Family loudspeakers were chosen for the 3,000-capacity venue by the Las Vegas-based consulting firm Coherent Design. “The owners asked us for a sound system that would compete with the best venues in the area, including those in nearby Dallas,” says David Starck of Coherent Design.
Starck specified a main system of eight Leo-M over four Lyon-M line array loudspeakers per side, four Lyon-M loudspeakers as center fill, and two flown arrays of six-each 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements in a cardioid configuration. Eight JM-1P arrayable and eight UPJunior VariO loudspeakers supply out fill and front fill, respectively.
Four MJF-212A and 12 USM-1P stage monitors provide onstage foldback, while two UPQ-1P and four JM-1P loudspeakers, one 600-HP subwoofer, and two 1100-LFC elements provide side and drum fill. Drive and optimization is provided by a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors.
System integration for theatre audio, along with all other AV systems in the broader resort expansion, was contracted to FBP Systems, Inc., with engineering by Robert Coggins and Rick Malone and project administration by Mark LaBouff.
“After the fantastic success of the opening Aerosmith concert, the owners were immediately confident they had a world-class system,” says David Starck of Coherent Design. “In fact, I was told that Steven Tyler said from the stage that the room sounds amazing.”
Choctaw Casino Resort
Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc.