New York, NY (August 18, 2016)—Built during the Great Depression, New York’s Radio City Music Hall has become one of the best-known venues in the world, but it didn’t have its own in-house concert system until 2007. Now, nearly 10 years later, that system has gotten a significant update with the installation of a new permanent Meyer Sound LEO Family reinforcement system to support performances by the Radio City Rockettes, including this summer’s New York Spectacular and the Christmas Spectacular slated for the holiday season.
The newly purchased Meyer Sound system, with main arrays of LYON loudspeakers concealed behind scrim in a false proscenium, is based on a nearly identical main system based on LYON arrays that was crafted by SCK Sound Design and first deployed for the 2014 Christmas Spectacular.
The main system used for the New York Spectacular, again with sound design by SCK, comprised left and right arrays of 16 each LYON line array loudspeakers, plus a center downfill array of eight LEOPARD line array loudspeakers. Bass support was supplied by 30 900-LFC low frequency control elements, deployed as 18 in a cardioid pattern on the side proscenium, six in a center cardioid and six on a rear truss. Eight additional 900-LFC elements were purchased for use with anticipated rock-style concerts.
The new system, supplied by PRG of New York with sale facilitated by Bob Rendon, also includes a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with three Galileo Callisto 616 processors and six Galileo 616 processors. For immersive surround effects, this summer’s New York Spectacular system also incorporated four arrays of eight each LEOPARD line array loudspeakers. The new system also incorporates a complete D-Mitri digital audio platform equipped with SpaceMap 3D panning and Wild Tracks multi-channel playback.
The Radio City Rockettes shows are mixed on a pair of DiGiCo SD7 digital consoles, with staff engineers Patrick Healey and Michael Jenkins handling the live orchestra, vocal, playback and supplementary sounds, including 80 channels of wireless dedicated to the special microphones built into the 80 Rockettes tap shoes.