New York City's Kaufman Center will unveil its new look on January 8, 2008. The facility's Merkin Concert Hall, a 449-seat performance space, received an updated audio system, thanks to JaffeHolden Acoustics (www.jaffeholden.com).
According to Ben Bausher, JaffeHolden project manager, “There's a control booth on the balcony level, but it's used as an amplifier room because it is too small for people and equipment. There is a small recording control room in the basement. The house mix position is exposed on the orchestra level. Previously, the sound system was cobbled together from various rental equipment and an assortment of semi-installed things that the house staff had put together, so this is a major step forward for them to have something that is completely engineered and integrated with the building.
“Andrew Schmidt, the acoustician on this project, was mandated by the center to not change anything about the hall, as they like the acoustic they had, so from his standpoint this was an ‘acoustic preservation’ project.”
The P.A. system comprises models from EAW with Lab.Gruppen amps and Symetrix DSP; onstage are Clair Bros. wedges and monitor amps. A new console may be purchased, but that decision had not been made at press time.