New York, NY (May 13, 2016)—Hamilton has been the only theater ticket anyone talks about in New York for months now, and with a Pulitzer and Grammy already under its belt—not to mention 16 Tony Award nominations—there’s good reason. Ensuring that audiences hear every note, Hamilton’s sound designer, Nevin Steinberg, put together an audio system that includes a number of loudspeakers from Alcons Audio.
Designing the system, Steinberg had to take into account that the musical sports more than the typical ballads and upbeat numbers to move into the realms of R&B and hip-hop—including a fully-fledged rap battle—plus the whole show is completely ‘sung-through,’ so that the lyrics provide the only plot information the audience receives. The show features 21 cast members which are accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra featuring drums, bass, guitars, percussion, violins, viola, cello and keyboards.
“I needed to generate a very muscular, yet incredibly high-fidelity experience for the audience, with tremendous focus and clarity,” said Steinberg. “My positive experience with the LR7 was a major factor in auditioning Alcons point source products for use on Hamilton. I did some critical listening of the SR9 and the VR8, and they proved ideal for this production.”
A full dozen Alcons VR8 and eight SR9 are included in the audio system for Hamilton. “Dave Rahn at Alcons USA was incredibly helpful, making sure that I got a good listen to the products that I was interested in and then following through with the theatrical sound vendor, PRG Audio, to co-ordinate priority shipping and on-time delivery for our production schedule on Broadway,” said Steinberg. “Audience response to the sound has been very positive, along with their response to the rest of the production. The show is quite special, and the people who have seen it are pretty overwhelmed by the experience. I feel very lucky to be a part of it.”