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Electronic Design Company Gives Minnetonka Arts Center a NEXO Facelift

BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯Minnetonka’s Arts Center on 7 has a new look and a new speaker system thanks to Electronic Design Company (EDC) of Shoreview, Minnesota. The Minnetonka, Minnesota Performing Arts Center is located on the grounds of the high school and is a joint operation between the City of Minnetonka and Minnetonka School District 276.

The site has recently gone through a complete facelift and extensive remodeling. EDC has been in business for over 50 years and installed sound systems for the Guthrie Theatre and Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis, to name a few. They were hired to install the audio equipment for the new Minnetonka theater, and specifically, the NEXO GEO S8 system in a LCR Sub configuration. The 680-seat proscenium theater, which houses several resident performance groups including the Minnetonka Community Theatre, the Music Association of Minnetonka, and the Minnetonka High

School Theatre, can also be rented

for non-profit, community and private use.

Art Center on 7’s Bryce Larson, said, “We had a short time to make our decision, and looked at several other options. We needed to find a cabinet with the appropriate size and performance for the venue. I personally like the way the line arrays work but we needed a small array and NEXO produced the SPL we needed. We don’t need rock and roll SPL for the acts that we do. We do a lot of theatre and the GEO S8 is a nice sounding cabinet for that. It produces a high level of vocal clarity and intelligibility without harshness and was exactly what we were looking for. We also have a Yamaha DME32 processor that we use for routing, EQing, and for processing on the mains. It works well with the NEXO system.�

The theater’s GEO S8 system consists of five NEXO S805 5-degree cabinets, one NEXO S830 30-degree cabinet, one CD12 sub, and an NX242 speaker processor. Left/right clusters consist of ten NEXO S805 5-degree cabinets, two NEXO S830 30- degree cabinets and two NX242 processors.

“We were very impressed with the accuracy of the NEXO GEOSoft design program,� states Rustin Bullert, manager of Design and Consulting for EDC. “The coverage and frequency response predictions were spot on. The system sounds great and looks great in the venue. Results like this make it easy to have a happy customer.�

EDC also installed six Atlas Sound 81-8R Tile support, six Atlas Sound T95-8 Torsion Back cans, six Atlas Sound THD72WC Torsion Speaker/baffle/trans, one Middle Atlantic S12-PS 12u Rack – Pepperstone Top Finish, and one Proco Custom 1u panel with page mic xlr, chime button. The theater uses Shure UHF-R mics.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the recent purchase of NEXO loudspeakers by Yamaha Corporation Japan, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.