The Lincoln Theatre (Yountville, Calif.) is home to the Napa Valley Symphony. Originally built to house the California Veteran’s recreational facility, the new tenants were forced to provide a major aesthetic, structural, acoustical and technical upgrade so that the venue would become a first-class performance showcase.
After a $20-plus-million renovation, funded in large part by the Friends of Lincoln Theater, nearly every aspect of the building was addressed: Walls were torn down, the roof was raised to accommodate a new balcony that boosted seating to 1,200, floor space was expanded by 30,000 square feet and extensive new backstage facilities were built. A new HVAC was installed, interior acoustics were redesigned and a new Meyer Sound system was installed, including seven M2D compact curvilinear loudspeakers.
“The M2Ds are the anchor for our sound, and they proved to be critical in getting the right balance for this room,” says Elton Halley of DECK Productions, a San Francisco Bay Area sound system designer who was brought onboard as the venue’s technical director. “I wanted a system that could do anything from soft rock to pop and Broadway shows, and cover the orchestra and balcony from a single hang point. Also, it had to be small enough to blend with the architecture. The M2D array fit the bill perfectly.”
Using Meyer Sound’s MAPP Online Pro™ acoustical prediction program, Halley tailored the M2D array coverage to fit hand-in-glove with the moderately reverberant, “symphony-friendly” architectural design of Auerbach and Associates in San Francisco.
A few days before the Summer Musicals series’ first show, the system, featuring two 600-HP compact high-power subwoofers, two UPJ-1P compact VariO™ loudspeakers (fill), two CQ-1 wide-coverage main loudspeakers and four UPM-1P ultra-compact wide- coverage cabinets (front-fill) were installed. “The 600-HP was the perfect choice for this room,” Halley notes, “It has a low onstage profile, but it can rattle the walls like the 700-HP [ultrahigh-power] subwoofer.”