The New World Centerâ€™s main concert hall.
Miami Beach, FL â€“ April 2011â€¦ The New World Center is the new Frank Gehry-designed home of the New World Symphony, which being under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, is a unique educational environment that prepares gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership positions in orchestras and ensembles around the world. For sound reinforcement, this exceptional performing arts space recently invested in wireless microphone technology. Recognizing the importance of sound quality, the equipment deployed at the facility was selected from the catalog of Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics.
Pro Sound & Video, an engineering firm with a global reach among theatrical and entertainment venues, was selected to handle the project. Working from a design penned jointly by Acoustic Dimensions of Dallas, TX, and Sonitus of Los Angeles, CA, the systems deployed utilize Lectrosonics acclaimed Digital Hybrid WirelessÂ® technology and consist of Venue receivers, SMQV Super-Miniature transmitters, UT handheld transmitters (with VMC cardioid capsules), and ALP500 shark fin antennas to increase reception. Brad Gallagher, Engineering Manager for Pro Sound & Videoâ€™s Miami office, managed the project. He discussed the challenges of the job and the reasons for selecting Lectrosonics equipment.
â€œFirst and foremost, sound quality was the overriding concern in this project,â€? Gallagher explained. â€œAs a premiere music performance space, everyone wanted to ensure the highest level of sound quality possible. Being compandor free, the Lectrosonics wireless systems donâ€™t have the odd-sounding sonic artifacts characteristic of many competing wireless systems. The client was looking for â€˜cabledâ€™ sound quality and to help accomplish this, these microphones were interfaced with high-end mic preamps by Grace Design, Millennia Media, and Aphex. The Lectrosonics equipment delivered the audio quality essential to this projectâ€™s success.â€?
â€œThere was also an awareness about the form factor of the transmitters and system reliability,â€? Gallagher continued. â€œNo one wanted transmitters that were cumbersome or that might compromise the comfort of the performers and interfere with their ability to perform. The small form factor of the Lectrosonics SMQV transmitters certainly addressed this issue. Equally important, reliability and dropout-free performance was yet another concern. Here too, Lectrosonicsâ€™ equipment was the right choice.â€?
For the New World Centerâ€™s main performance hall, the Pro Sound & Video crew deployed a 12-channel setup consisting of Lectrosonics Venue receivers fully stocked with VRT receiver modules. This equipment is housed in a portable equipment rack that can be moved as required to accommodate the nature of the performance. Additionally, there is an additional, 2-channel wireless system permanently housed in an equipment rack that is used solely for announcements. Further, there is a third, 6-channel Lectrosonics Venue setup (with VRT receiver modules) that resides in the Suntrust Pavilion, a multipurpose space that is used for rehearsals and smaller performances. On the transmitter side of the equation, 10 Lectrosonics SMQV transmitters and 12 UT handheld transmitters are availableâ€”depending upon the requirements of a given performance.
â€œFor the most part, this equipment is used to support the orchestral performances,â€? Gallagher said, but the New World Center also rents space for private functions such as meetings, banquets, plus concerts of varying musical styles. The Lectrosonics equipment is made available for these events as well.â€?
The new Lectrosonics wireless equipment was deployed during late 2010 and was first placed into service in January 2011. Since that time, Gallagher reports the equipment has proven itself to be extremely successful. â€œOur client has been very pleased with the systemâ€™s performance,â€? he said. â€œThe sound quality of the system is exceptional and the performance has been robust and trouble free. Every aspect of the Lectrosonics system has performed just as we envisioned.â€?
To learn more about Pro Sound & Video, visit the company online at www.prosound.net. For additional information about Acoustic Dimensions, go to www.acousticdimensions.com. For information about Sonitus, visit the company at www.sonitusconsulting.com.
Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theatre technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company's dedication to quality, customer service, and innovation. Lectrosonics is a US manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Visit the company online at www.lectrosonics.com.