In September, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center will open as the new home for the Nashville Symphony. The sound system for the Schermerhorn Center, which was named for the late Kenneth Schermerhorn, the longtime director and conductor of the Nashville Symphony, comprises EAW KF761 line arrays flown with eight cabinets per side. This system can also be reconfigured as a single center cluster depending on program requirements. In addition, a speech reinforcement system is available in the hall for use when the larger sound reinforcement system is not employed.
Anthony Nittoli, principal sound system designer at Akustiks, LLC, designed the system, and he is enthusiastic about what the XTA DP428 brings to it. “I’ve been using the XTA processors for 10 years, and the DP428 is what we’ve been asking for,” he says. “It offers the same pristine sound as the previous XTA processors, but it also adds critical new functionality at the front end of the system. We used to employ stand-alone routers in the signal path, but the DP428 lets us reroute the program within the XTAs. That eliminates an entire other piece of equipment, which simplifies systems and makes them that much more reliable.”
The P.A. for the 197,000-square-foot Schermerhorn Center is substantial: It has 120-plus microphone lines that feed an in-house recording control booth and the front-of-house position, and the DP428 is used as the front end to the entire sound system. “It handles parametric EQ, delays and crossovers for the boxes,” says Nittoli. “I’ve used them in dozens of installations for years and I have never, ever had a single issue with their reliability or their performance. The Schermerhorn is a real showcase venue, and we never even had to think twice about using the DP428. It was simply a given.”
For more information on the Schermerhorn Center, visit www.nashvillesymphony.org.