The Jack Singer Concert Hall, located at the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts (Calgary, Canada) and one of the most acoustically acclaimed halls in North America, has installed five Lake Contour Digital speaker processors. The five Lake Contours, packaged with a SIA SmaartLive interface and wireless tablet PC by local Lake Technology dealer Allstar Show Industries, are part of the first major renovation of the sound system at the venue since it first opened in 1985.
Head sound technician Jack Jamieson reports that he has had nothing but very good feedback on the sound quality of the Lake Contours, noting, "It was the audio quality of the Lakes that sold us on them before we ever got a sense of how cool the interface is. We put it side-by-side with our existing processors, which we're still using with the monitors. It was jaw-dropping how much better the Lakes sounded because of the 24-bit/96kHz resolution. It just sounds stunning, and it's really facile."
Users can be given access to whatever level of control they feel most comfortable with, notes Jamieson. "We just had k.d. lang come through. I gave them access right down to the base level of the processors. They're all SIM-trained folks and really knew what they were doing. On another level, the Afro-Cuban Allstars came through; I showed the front-of-house operator the system and the reaction was that it was way too complex for the available time in the schedule. What I've done is develop a whole series of groups in the Lake Contours, and one is an all-group, so they just used one one-third-octave equalizer on the entire sound system. They loved that. So you can give visiting engineers as little or as much control as they'd like."
The five Lake Contour units are controlling an installed Meyer Sound loudspeaker system. Spare modules within the Lake system accommodate the addition of a flown speaker system, which may be rented if required.
Because of the flexibility of the venue, which features adjustable, multi-ection stage elevators, configurable seating areas and an acoustic canopy above the stage that may be raised or lowered, the ability to save system settings within Lake Contour has also proved invaluable. According to the configuration of the stage, which can be as large as 79X38 feet, the main left/right speaker system may accordingly be moved forward or backward on tracks. Two presets in the Lake Contour are reserved for the main speaker system in the upstage and the downstage position, respectively.
Jamieson concludes, "The Lakes do a brilliant job. I've already had three different sound guys drag their production managers to front of house to show them the Lake Contours. People are just blown away by them."
For more information on Lake or the venue, please go to www.lake.com and www.epcorcentre.org/rentalsfacilities/jack.html, respectively.