Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel (Cherokee, N.C.) recently underwent a new sound system install, handled by PXS Audiovisual Technologies (Covington, La.) and overseen by director of engineer John McGovern. The venue’s production supervisor, Ryan Hargis, says this on the d&b audiotechnik J Series install: “The Event Center is designed for concerts but will also host banquets and sporting events. Since the bulk of the events are concerts, we wanted to go with a sound system that any touring act would be comfortable using, as well as providing our guests with the best possible experience.” d&b modeled the room while PMK Consultants (Dallas) took care of the acoustical treatment and layout of the space.
“Everyone was on the same page going into the install; the high level of communication between all three parties through every stage was invaluable,” says Hargis. “The main components of the system are J8 and J12 in the flown array, along with J-SUBs. To supplement the hanging loudspeaker.s there are ground-stacked J-INFRA cardioid subwoofers. To provide fill for the closest seats to stage, d&b E8 loudspeakers were chosen, and ceiling-mounted E12 loudspeakers to provide balcony delays. We also use d&b M4 monitors and Q-SUBs for drum sub monitors, while for sidefills we fly Q-SUB and Q7s. All the loudspeakers in the room are driven by d&b D12 amplifiers, which are networked and controlled through the d&b R1 remote-control software interfaced through an iPad.
“One of the goals of getting the d&b system was to make our job easier,” Hargis continues. “We have had acts come through that were carrying a high-end P.A. that stayed on the truck because of the quality of the installed d&b rig. Comments such as, ‘This is the least amount of work I think I’ve ever had to do for tuning a P.A.’ confirm that we have made absolutely, 100-percent the right choice.”