Los Angeles, CA (April 10, 2014)—For the second run of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s ‘Harmony—A New Musical’ at the Center Theater Group’s Ahmanson Theater, Masque Sound again provided custom audio equipment for the shows. However, for this second run, Masque Sound designers David Patridge and John Shivers decided to create a completely different sound design.
“After the Atlanta run [of Harmony] came to an end, the equipment we used went back into Masque Sound’s shop and we rebuilt the entire show for this second run in Los Angeles,” says Patridge. “Every theatre and venue is a challenge of its own. One of the obstacles was the theatre’s size, as the Ahmanson is a much bigger theatre than Atlanta. You can’t cookie cutter these things and they have to be morphed into whatever works for the architecture.”
Masque Sound provided the designers with a DiGiCo SD10T digital console, L-Acoustics dv-Dosc speaker arrays, and a demo system of the Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System featuring eight 9000 series radios.
“With the Sennheiser 9000 series, you can use a built-in software feature in the receiver rack, which will scan and allocate available frequencies,” Patridge explained. “Theoretically, you should no longer need the extra steps of doing an RF scan of the venue in advance or an intermodulation study. The 9000 series takes the hit or miss of pre-programming completely out of the equation.”
Directed by Drama Desk Award-nominee Tony Speciale (Classic Stage Company’s Unnatural Acts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Harmony officially opened at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles is slated to run through April 13, 2014.