Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget Takes a Shine to Meyer

One of the city’s oldest casinos, Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget stage has been graced by such legends as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett.
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One of the city’s oldest casinos, Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget stage has been graced by such legends as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett. After changing ownership from MGM Grand Corporation (2000), then to entrepreneurs Tim Poster and Tom Breitling in 2004, the Nugget hosted a grand reopening in late 2004 with performances by Bennett and Jewel, who helped christen the newly redone Theatre Ballroom’s sound system. The stage now features Meyer Sound M2D compact curvilinear array loudspeakers.

“This is a fairly intimate room,” explains Rob Orlinick (pictured), lead audio tech for the Golden Nugget. “It’s a rare cabaret-style showroom, not very deep, with only 450 seats and a low ceiling. As a result, we don’t have the option of a large line array in here.” As Orlinick explains, the room’s wide but shallow configuration necessitates angling the speakers in a L/R cross-fired configuration. “We had some large, long-throw cabinets in here, but no matter how we focused them, we were getting comb filtering and problem areas.”

With multiple elevations in the stands and windows on one side of the room, the ability to direct the sound for minimal slapback was critical. After researching a number of options, Sonny Maupin at New World Audio, one of Las Vegas’ major sound system providers, was called in to audition the M2D. Orlinick listened and decided that the M2D offered the best solution. “The M2D gives us nice even coverage throughout most of the room, and allows us to aim the sound where we need it and away from problem areas. It’s a nice, intimate-sounding speaker and really does the trick for this room.” Once the system was delivered, Maupin worked with the casino’s staff to install the system in the configuration that had been worked out using Meyer Sound MAPP Online® acoustical prediction software. Meyer Sound’s Michael Maxson aligned the system using a SIM® audio analyzer.

With a daily schedule that can sometimes reach five shows per day, flexibility is key. A 96-input DiGiCo D5 Live digital console enables a quick and easy reconfiguration of the front-of-house mix. As space was another important consideration, Orlinick said, “We couldn’t fly the rig due to space restrictions, so we’ve ended up ground-stacking the M2Ds on top of the subs.” A pair of UPJ-1P compact VariO™ loudspeakers were added as fill on either side to cover a few of the more outlying areas of the room and CQ-1 wide-coverage main loudspeakers sitting onstage provided additional sidefill.

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