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Live Sound

Penn’s Peak Picks New PA

The venerable Pennsylvania venue opts for a Coda Audio line array system.

Jim Thorpe, PA (July 9, 2019)—Penn’s Peak, an 1,800-capacity venue in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, hosts touring acts of all genres, and recently upgraded its audio system with a new PA from Coda Audio, opting for an AiRAY, supplied by Pennsylvania based Saturn Systems.

With a predominantly wooden interior and problematic areas beneath the balconies on either side of the hall, the venue’s audio needed help, as chief engineer Chris Chalfin noted: “As well as overcoming the inherent challenges presented by the acoustics, we also needed to take into account the very wide range of artists and genres that come through the venue. We needed a system that was clean, clear and in your face – something that had incredible vocal intelligibility. My experience as a touring engineer of using Coda Audio on the road led me to the conclusion that it would be the perfect fit for Penn’s Peak.”

F-Party Starts with Coda

Following on-site demonstrations, the venue’s technical director, Michael Creason, worked with Chalfin and his crew to help design the system on-site, addressing their key concerns around improving clarity and headroom, low frequency definition and coverage. To control the low frequency reverberation and keep the stage area clean, Creason and the team decided on a splayed end-fire subwoofer configuration to reduce interaction with the venue surfaces, while reducing the deep nulls normally caused by spaced left/right sub arrays.

Since all Coda elements share the same sonic signature and fidelity, the team was able to overcome the issue of uneven coverage by employing HOPS8 in the areas under the balconies, ensuring that audience members in these areas shared the exact same experience of those in unobstructed seats.

“I was confident from the outset,” said Chalfin. “The previous system was not only underpowered but it felt disembodied. The Coda systems bring the show right in front of you – as if you have a pair of studio monitors sitting three feet away. The overall system works as a cohesive unit and provides extremely even coverage through the entire venue, something that had simply never been achieved before.”

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The system at Penn’s Peak comprises 10 x AiRAY per side, 8 x SCP-F subs configured in (2) end- fire arrays under the stage, supplemented by 6 x HOPS8 across the front of the stage for lip fill, 8 x HOPS8 for under-balcony fills and 2 HOPS8 for VIP suite fills. A monitor system comprising 10 x CUE TWO wedges, 2 x APS over 2 x APS SUBs as sidefills and an additional 2 x APS SUBs as drum fills, completes the picture. Everything is powered by a combination of Coda Audio LINUS14 and LINUS10C amplifiers.

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