JACKSON, Miss. â€” The Auditorium is a new performance hall and restaurant located in the historic Fondren neighborhood of Jackson, Miss., an area that is experiencing a new-urbanism rebirth with shops, entertainment, cafÃ©s and living spaces.
Situated in the actual auditorium of the former Duling Schoolâ€”original construction circa 1927â€”The Auditorium is the centerpiece of Fondrenâ€™s renaissance, a crossroads where the Southâ€™s best food, music and culture intersect. Following a two-year renovation process, The Auditorium opened in May with an intelligent pro-audio system from Peavey that transforms this casual-dining commons into a world-class live performance hall.
The Peavey Stage is the focal point of the 3,200-square-foot venue, showcasing a Peavey Versarrayâ„¢ line-array sound system comprised of eight VR112â„¢ line-array enclosures and four VR218â„¢ subwoofers powered by Peavey CSÂ® amplifiers. A pair of CS 4080HZ amps drives the four subs using one channel per unit, while seven CS 4000 amps power the 12â€? midrange loudspeakers and three CS 3000 amps power the ribbon drivers. An additional four VR112 enclosures and two specially designed 2x12 subwoofers are flown halfway back on either side.
â€œThe Auditorium is a restaurant first and a live-music venue second, so we had to compromise the location of the four fill VR112 enclosures to fit the aesthetics,â€? said Kent Morris of Cornerstone Media in Atlanta, who specified and completed the audio installation. â€œThat put our Versarray loudspeakers right against a side wall.
â€œLuckily, the Versarray doesnâ€™t radiate sound beyond the end of its horizontal coverage, so we were able to align the enclosures in a way that cuts off the sound right at the wall. If you put your head on the wall, you canâ€™t hear itâ€”but a few inches away, itâ€™s crystal clear. There is no reflection at all.â€?
Morris specified a pair of Crest AudioÂ® HPWâ„¢ 28 mixing consoles to manage the audio at the FOH and monitor positions.
â€œCrest Audio included a fader-flip function on its HPW Series consoles that makes it very easy to run monitors,â€? Morris said. â€œWe have ten auxes available, so we can drive any monitor scenario. We have it set up so that on a small show they can run monitors from FOHâ€”the last seven channels on the HPW at the monitor position are set up to receive signal from FOH and distribute to the QWÂ® stage monitors.â€?
The Peavey Stage itself is also wired with an assortment of Peavey pro audio products. Eleven Peavey QWÂ® ML and MR floor monitors provide monitoring for the performers, powered by two CS 2000 amps for the 15â€? woofers and two CS 800x4 amps for the drivers. Four ID-1G direct boxes are available to pass signal from the stage to the HPW at front of house.
Two Peavey Architectural AcousticsÂ® DigitoolÂ® 8x8 programmable digital processors and a Peavey VSXÂ® 48 make it easy to store the audio presets that create The Auditoriumâ€™s signature ambience and convert the building from a restaurant to a performance hall.
Morris created presets for multiple audio zones that can send program audio to a set of four Architectural AcousticsÂ® ISMâ„¢ 5T outdoor loudspeakers, or to the mains through a special preset for background music that dampens the midrange frequencies so the music doesnâ€™t interfere with dinner conversations. During live-music performances on the Peavey Stage, one Digitool configures the mains and the second runs the monitors. A third processor, the VSX 48 loudspeaker management system, handles routing to the four delay speakers as well as a special audio feed preconfigured for podcasting on the venueâ€™s web site.
Adjacent from the bar in the rear of the room, an auxiliary stage is used for smaller, more intimate performancesâ€”typically one or two musicians with guitars and microphones. Morris flew two Peavey PRâ„¢ 10D loudspeakers above the stage, which are fed signal from a Peavey XRÂ® 8600 powered mixer. At the customerâ€™s request, his team wired a feed from this mixerâ€™s record output to the VSX 48 that allows them to podcast from this stage, as well.
An extensive processing suite at FOH includes four Peavey Feedback FerretÂ® that use automatic, very narrow digital notch filters to eliminate feedback, as well as two Peavey Dual DeltaFexÂ® multi-effects processors, ten Peavey QF131â„¢ graphic EQs, two CELâ„¢ 2a compressor/expander/limiter units and one PVÂ® 23XO crossover.