Brownfield, ME (November 3, 2016)—The Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine may be small—a full house means there’s 200 in attendance—but the venue has hosted everyone from Lyle Lovett, Robert Cray and Marty Stuart to Ani DeFranco, Taj Mahal and Mary Chapin Carpenter. To ensure everyone can hear them properly, the facility recently upgraded its audio system with help from regional provider Klondike Sound, which opted to install a Fulcrum Acoustic PA.
Jason Raboin of Klondike Sound designed the system, and had his work cut out for him due to the Center's highly reflective wooden surfaces and designing a visually unobtrusive sound system to blend in with its rustic timber frame architecture.
Ultimately, the system is now based around two Fulcrum DX1277 dual 12-inch coaxial loudspeakers whose tailored 75° x 75° dispersion keeps sound off the physical structure. Meanwhile, a pair of Sub118 18-inch direct-radiating subwoofers extend low frequency support, and eight compact FX1295 12-inch coaxial vocal monitors are used on the Center's stage.
With the system now complete, owner/musician Carol Noonan noted, "We recently had Robert Cray who has played here many times. His band brought a lot of their own gear, but as usual, used our house speakers and subwoofers. It was definitely the best sounding show we've ever had with him. Nothing was different than before—the same crew and players as always—so it's gotta be the speakers."