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Danley Plays Madison Square Park

Madison Square Garden may be more famous, but Madison Square Park, just blocks away, is far more beautiful--and it sports its own concert series as well.

SIA Acoustics chose Danley SH-96 and SM-60F loudspeakers, DBH-218 subs and LPM monitors for Madison Square Park’s “Oval Lawn Series” in the heart of downtown Manhattan. Photo: Adam Shulman
New York (August 4, 2011)—Madison Square Garden may be more famous, but Madison Square Park, just blocks away, is far more beautiful–and it sports its own concert series as well.

At just over six acres, Madison Square Park sits at the heart of New York City, framed majestically by Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, and East 23rd Street. Since its revitalization a decade ago, it has earned the love of New Yorkers near and far with beautiful landscaping, engaging community activities, and a summer concert series. Dubbed “The Oval Lawn Series,” the concerts can draw over a thousand people to enjoy blues, jazz, and folk acts with national recognition.

SIA Acoustics designs and implements the portable PA system anew each year, and this summer, Danley Sound Labs’ Synergy Horn full-range and Tapped Horn subwoofer technologies are being used for house sound and monitors, with a Danley DSLP48 signal processor at the front end. Concerts in the Park are held weekly throughout the summer, manned by SIA team Adam Shulman, Gino Pellicano and Chris Greco.

“Danley Sound Labs seems to be gaining exposure recently,” said Shulman, consultant with SIA Acoustics. “We were curious not only to better understand their products firsthand, but also to gain an understanding of the company itself.” Shulman and colleagues from SIA Acoustics traveled to Gainesville, GA to take measurements and meet with company president Mike Hedden and others. “We had little doubt that their equipment would measure favorably, with a thinker such as Tom Danley behind the designs. Of equal importance, however, is the ability for a company to support its product both on an immediate basis (on the day of a load-in or during an installation), and for years down the line. As consultants, clients rely on us to make recommendations that consider these factors, just as much as the technical ones.”

“The aesthetic and logistical requirements of this series dictate a high level of production from a small footprint. A gigantic stage and loudspeaker system wasn’t an option,” laughed Shulman. The system employs two Danley SH-96 full-range boxes in a stereo configuration, with two SM-60F compact molded horns to serve the audience areas on the sides of the stage. Four Danley DBH-218 subwoofers ground the system with low-frequency reinforcement, arranged in an ‘expanded cardioid’ configuration to cover the 270 degree audience. On the 12 by 24-foot stage, eight Danley SH-LPM monitors provide audio for the musicians. A Danley DSLP48 processor conditions both the input from an Avid Profile console and the output to a rack of Lab.gruppen (house) and Yamaha (stage) amplifiers.

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