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Making Audio Appear on a Pier in NYC

SIA Acoustics designed the house system at the new open-air concert hotspot to avoid leaking into neighboring areas.

New York City, NY (August 20, 2018)—The hottest new concert space in New York City is actually adjacent to it, as Pier 17 juts into the waters of the South Street Seaport. Since opening on July 4 with a Carrie Underwood show, the venue has hosted Amy Schumer, Diana Ross, 88 Degrees, Ziggy Marley, Sting & Shaggy and more.

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Pier 17 offers dining, retail and entertainment options along with a large 1.5-acre rooftop concert space that can hold 3,400 for its standing general admission shows, or 2,400 seated, with the Brooklyn Bridge as the stage’s backdrop. Constructed by the Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC), the venue sports an audio system design from SIA Acoustics that aims to prevent nearby neighborhoods like Wall Street to the west and Brooklyn to the east from getting swamped in ambient sound.

SIA teamed with Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based Anderson Audio and TMG Systems for installation of a sizable EAW Anya system, with left-right single-hang columns of 12 Anya modules each, approximately 35 feet from the ground, along with 24 Otto subwoofers laid out in pairs.

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The aim is to have tightly controlled coverage of the space, according to Mark LaBouff, national sales manager, TMG Systems. “It’s very impressive when you walk in and out of the coverage area – the difference is incredible. There are two VIP areas technically ‘out of the coverage’ and it’s quiet enough to make a phone call. There were also some concerns about sound levels behind the stage travelling across the water to Brooklyn. Also, not a problem – the rear rejection of the system is substantial.”

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Sam Berkow, owner of SIA Acoustics, concludes, “We found that EAW’s Adaptive Anya loudspeakers and Otto subwoofers were the combination that would help dramatically control coverage of sound, provide an impactful and tonally balanced sound to the audience, and be acceptable to most touring bands. So far everyone is in complete agreement.”