Live Sound

Gallo Center Opens With High-End Audio System

The Gallo Center for the Arts, a new $40 million theater complex in Modesto, Calif., offers two performance venues: The Mary Stuart Rogers Theater holds 4/01/2008 8:00 AM Eastern

The Gallo Center for the Arts, a new $40 million theater complex in Modesto, Calif., offers two performance venues: The Mary Stuart Rogers Theater holds 1,250 seats, and the Foster Family Theater has a capacity of 444 seats. This regional facility is home to the Modesto Symphony and will serve as a multipurpose center for a broad range of entertainment. Media Systems Design Group was the audio design consultant, with principal Tim Hart overseeing the design, which includes JBL VerTec and VRX line arrays, Crown amps and BSS Audio processing.

The main theater features 18 VT4888 midsize line array elements, configured nine per side with each cluster also rigged with two VT4882 midsized arrayable subwoofers; power is via CTs and I-Tech Series amplifiers. In the smaller theater, the line arrays comprise 12 JBL VRX932LA portable line arrays, arranged six per side, with four VRX918S subs mounted onstage. Signal processing is handled by BSS 9008iis.

The contractor for the facility was Henry Beaumont of pcd Inc., who had to respond quickly during the final phase of the installation because approval for the high-performance arrays resulted in a late design addition. “We had a short time window,” Beaumont says. “The system had to go in and work right away, and it did. JBL has the suspension hardware so well-engineered on these products, that it helped us predict how they would hang, so we could just drop them in. It came out almost exactly as we projected.”