The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has upgraded its sound with the addition of a new P.A. system, which includes XTA DP Series processors. The new system was installed in 30 days, with the finishing touches put in place on January 12, 2006, ready for this season’s performances. The acoustic and technology upgrades were designed and specified by Akustiks, LLC. Equipment was supplied by See Factor.
The renovation of the front-of-house sound system used L-Acoustics KUDO three-way line array boxes configured in a main center cluster and left and right ground stacks. Additionally, there are EAW boxes positioned as frontfills, box fills, under-balcony fills and mezzanine fills. The system uses L-Acoustics amplifiers. The XTA DP428 handles processing for the P.A.’s center cluster. One DP226 controls processing for the left and right stacks, and another DP226 does the same for the four subwoofers in the system.
Anthony Nittoli, principal sound system designer for Akustiks, planned to use the XTA DP Series processors for speaker control from the beginning of the design process. “XTA’s Library Manager feature allows the unit to custom-configure itself to the settings of their boxes,” he explains. “In some cases, some manufacturers place a lot of emphasis on keeping their proprietary settings secure. This can become a problem for system designers who need to achieve as much compatibility as possible between system components. The DP428, though, was able to translate those proprietary settings with a minimum of input from the manufacturer.”