New York (February 28, 2012)—Gotham Hall, an event facility in New York City, recently had Eastern Stage Productions (Edgewood, NY) install a Soundcraft Vi1 digital console.
Gotham Hall, originally a landmark bank built in 1922 incorporating many Roman architectural features, was transformed in 2002 into a high-end ballroom. It has been used for a variety of events, including concerts by James Brown, Alicia Keys, the B-52s and corporate events such as the 2003 BMG Grammy Awards after-party.
When looking to upgrade to a digital board, Tim Wright, engineer for Eastern Stage Productions, wanted a compact desk to fit in the corner of the large ballroom. “We didn’t want anything that would interfere with the overall atmosphere of the building, as it has some amazing artwork and designs we didn’t want to obscure,” he said.
“Having control of the right, left and center speakers and being able to easily make adjustments to EQ is huge due to the fact that the dome-shaped ceiling makes it acoustically difficult to tune. This makes it ideal for different types of concerts and events where you can change settings depending on the situation,” Wright stated. “I have loved using the de-esser and compressor to adjust the settings to fit the room as well. I don’t need to scroll through pages to change a quick setting, the EQ is very responsive and makes life easy.”
With the versatility that Gotham Hall offers to its patrons, simple connectivity of the Vi1 is important, as it can be moved to different locations throughout the space. “The Vi1 fits perfectly into our little 3×4-foot area…. Having the versatility to use the board at both the FOH and monitor positions gives us more options.”
Eastern Stage Productions