New York, NY (June 29, 2016)—Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition recently wrapped its limited run in New York City, celebrating the 40th anniversary of its titular weekly comedy show with 12,500 square feet of memorabilia and artifacts. Taking visitors on day-by-day journey through the creation of each week’s show, the exhibition used loudspeakers, amplifiers, digital signal processing and acoustical modeling from Bose Professional to convey its story.
A total of 37 Bose RoomMatch and RoomMatch Utility loudspeakers were used wherever music took front and center in the museum, from the recreation of Studio 8H (complete with a prerecorded introduction by Tina Fey and the Saturday Night Live Band) to the detailed control room gallery, including RoomMatch Utility RMU208, RMU206 and RMU105 speakers as well as asymmetrical RoomMatch array loudspeakers in the 8H sound system that assured coverage tailored to the room’s dimensions.
In addition, three Bose Panaray MB4 modular bass loudspeakers and one MB 12 III modular bass loudspeaker were integrated into 8H’s music system. Bose FreeSpace pendant speakers were used throughout the installation, with 34 of them providing music for exhibits of SNL favorites like Wayne’s World, the virtual writers’ table that showed how the show’s cast and writers bring each show together, and ambient sound for backstage and other areas.
This range of Bose loudspeakers was powered by a dozen Bose PowerMatch 8500N, 8250N and 4250N networked power amplifiers. These are connectable to the same Dante-enabled network that the Bose ControlSpace ES-00 DSP digital signal processing systems operated over. These DSP platforms were the brains behind the management of the Bose speakers throughout the installation.
“Bose speakers and technology are very important to the success of the exhibition,” stated Khalil Williams, general manager of Design Electronics, the Niagara Falls, Ontario-based AV systems design and integration firm chosen by museum-experience creator Premier Exhibitions of Atlanta. Williams noted that the entire installation comprised 24 discrete audio zones, with multiple zones in a single space in some cases. “The Bose Modeler software allowed us to accurately predict where the acoustical challenges would be, and the ControlSpace DSP let us comprehensively address them. In fact, the Modeler saved us an enormous amount of time because it was able to let us do much of the sound design work in advance, making sure that what we installed was a perfect fit for each gallery and space…. This provided the on-site sound engineers direct access to the four independent systems that make up the 26 audio channels in the theater, all with a single Cat 5e cable, simplifying the process and most importantly saving time within a tight schedule. Bose has great tools for a complex project like this.”