The classic Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, a facilitybuilt in the era of Vaudeville, has emerged from a major sound systemupgrade as a revitalized and top-quality venue for live performances. Arange of XTA technology plays a critical part in the recently upgradedsystem, including the acclaimed DP224 and DP226 Speaker ManagementSystems and DS800 Active Mic/Line Splitter. The XTA equipment is theideal complement to the Meyer line array sound system, which wasspecified and installed by Sound Associates, long-time supporters ofthe XTA line, in conjunction with Bob Edwards, the Theatre’sProduction Manager and FOH Mixer. The combined implementation of theXTA gear with a self-powered line array system illustrates howXTA’s advanced technology can enhance the performance of a linearray.
“Powered speakers do benefit from good processing,”comments Bob Edwards. “We delay everything from the drum backlinemonitoring as our starting point on forward. From there, everything isdelayed using the XTA DP224 and DP226 units. Not only does it providethe ability to set precise frequency limits for certain speakers, butit’s also a way of distributing signal consistently to get properphase and timing of the signal. This works especially well in areaslike the balcony fills. Because of the nature of the delayed balconyspeakers, we had to notch certain frequencies.” Edwards uses theDS800 as a total distribution solution, splitting the signal to the FOHand monitor consoles with additional splits available for otherapplications, such as the feed to a remote recording truck for a recentbenefit concert for the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. “To beable to achieve all of these results from a single supplier isgreat,” adds Edwards.
Domonic Sack, executive vice president of Sound Associates, agreesthat the XTA equipment is a perfect companion to the powered line arraysystem his company supplied to the Theatre. “The XTA equipmentgives us the perfect technology to solve three main issues,” Sackexplains. “They’re excellent for signal distribution andgrouping of speakers. Also, they provide a lot of processing power in asingle unit, which keeps the number of pieces of outboard gear down,and in the process they keep the overall system operating much morequietly. We’ve been using XTA gear for many years and it’sbeen a great solution to any number of sound system issues.”
Bob Edwards also cites the excellent support and service he getsfrom XTA. “They’re always there and they know theirstuff,” he remarks. Tom Bensen, sales manager at Group One Ltd.,XTA’s exclusive U.S. distributor, appreciates how XTA gear canmake such a big difference. Bensen notes, “We’re pleased tohave such a quality venue in our own backyard and glad that Bob has hadsuch a great experience with the equipment. XTA and Group One have alongstanding relationship with Sound Associates from their extensivework installing sound systems for Broadway and the theater market.It’s great that their design knowledge and XTA technology sooften go hand-in-hand in helping venues achieve their full sonicpotential.”
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