Powersoft Provides Compact Size, Low Power Draw and High Audio Quality Necessary for New York's Biggest Party
NEW YORK, January 27, 2010 – As events celebrating the beginning of the new decade marched around the world, all eyes were still on the signature New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square. To deliver sound from the two performance stages to the over one million people attending the event, Maryland Sound International (MSI) relied on Powersoft amplifiers to drive multiple speaker arrays and stage monitor systems. Powersoft amplifiers were chosen because of compact size, on board DSP and low AC power draw while delivering the wattage and high audio quality necessary for the event.
“New Year's Eve in Times Square is a demanding event with special needs and very limited space,” says Bob Goldstein, owner of MSI. “Traditional systems simply could not be used within the space confines allowed. As we continually strive to find the best, most reliable technologies available, Powersoft amps, with their single rack space design, high efficiency and output power vs. low power consumption, were the perfect choice for this application.”
MSI deployed its custom-designed loudspeaker towers featuring JBL Vertec series line array speakers throughout the Times Square area to deliver the sound from the Duffy Square and Nivea performance stages. Featured acts, including Jennifer Lopez and Daughtry, rang out loud and clear. The base of each tower housed an amplifier rack containing the Powersoft K Series amps. The VIP/sponsor area adjacent to the command center production compound heard the evening's festivities through two arrays of Outline Butterfly speakers driven by Powersoft. The entire area was networked via a dual redundant Optocore fiber optic loop, which interconnected the loudspeaker towers, the stages and FOH position with each other. In addition to powering the distributed arrays, MSI also relied on Powersoft for its monitor systems at each stage.
“Space is always a premium at Times Square,” says Ryan Beck, lead audio technician and FOH engineer for the event. “Our monitor consoles and amp racks were beneath each stage, so it's always cramped quarters. We used Powersoft K and Q series amps in our monitor systems. They are low profile and give us the added space we need to operate comfortably and safely.”
“The New Year's Eve presentation was the most widely watched New Year's celebration in history and Powersoft was there,” says Tom Bensen, vice president and general manager of Powersoft Advanced Technology, LLC. “From the most demanding touring applications and high-profile installations to presidential inaugurations and huge special events such as Times Square New Year's Eve, Powersoft has established itself as an industry leader offering reliable, standard-setting technology. We experienced a record year in 2009 and we are looking forward to continuing that trend in 2010.”
For more information, call 516.249.0013, email [email protected] or write to Powersoft, 70 Sea Lane, Farmingdale, New York 11735.
Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Farmingdale, NY, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs. For more information, visit the Powersoft Web site at www.powersoftaudio.com.