Boasting a new HARMAN JBL VerTec® line array system to complement its acoustically-engineered wooden interior and impressive metal and glass exterior, California State University's newly constructed Valley Performing Arts Center recently commissioned an equipment package for its Great Hall that was sold and installed by Los Angeles-based Pro Sound and Video. The $125 million facility's 30,000 square feet of glass is matched by 30,000 feet of interior acoustical panels, 568 miles of internal wiring, a moveable orchestra platform and 622 floor diffusers used for soundless air conditioning.
The Valley Performing Arts Center includes the 1,700-seat Great Hall and a 178-seat experimental theater along with rehearsal space, classrooms and other areas. The Center presents a diverse range of performing arts programming, including symphonic orchestras, dance, opera, theater, jazz and pop music, as well as film screenings and lectures. The Great Hall has already hosted a variety of entertainers including Shawn Colvin, Loudon Wainright III, Roseanne Cash and Joan Rivers.
The main sound reinforcement system at the Valley Performing Arts Center includes 29 JBL VerTec® VT4888DP-DA DP Series midsize powered line array elements equipped with JBL DrivePack® technology and JBL's latest DPDA (DrivePack Digital Audio) input modules. The system is arranged in a left/center/right configuration—arrays of 10 on each side and a center cluster of nine. These three arrays are augmented with two left/right arrays of four VT4882DP-DA midsize arrayable subwoofers each. The system relies on BSS London signal processing for EQ, routing and zoning control. Additional JBL Control® Contractor and AE Compact Series loudspeakers are distributed throughout the space, powered by Crown CTs Series amplifiers.
The combination of powered line arrays and passive loudspeaker fill and paging loudspeaker locations was specified by McKay Conant Hoover, Inc., media and acoustical system consultants. The sound system design gives the venue a great deal of flexibility, and the digitally-networked, powered DP Series enclosures enabled the Pro Sound and Video installation team to maximize efficiency for pre-installation and onsite configuration time. “The high-resolution VerTec line array system allows the engineers at the Valley Performing Arts Center to utilize the sound in multiple configurations, which all perform great,” stated Joe Byrne, Project Manager, Pro Sound and Video. “The fine tuning was taken care of in a timely manner before our first event and the Great Hall has presented nothing but successful performances since opening. The overall sound in the hall is very smooth and the coverage is excellent. The VerTec line arrays seamlessly handle everything from spoken word to a rock show.”
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