GRAND RAPIDS, MI – DeVos Performance Hall, a 2,400-capacity auditorium here, hosts performances ranging from opera to ballet, rock, Broadway style productions and the spoken word. It’s also home to the Grand Rapids Symphony. Eighth Day Sound upgraded the venue’s sound system with gear from d&b audiotechnik.
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“For almost twenty years our venue has been using a very minimal, practically homemade sound system we were able to piece together. It wasn’t even in stereo, but it worked,” after years on the road, David “Dansir” McCullough settled in at DeVos Performance Hall back in 1998. In the heart of Grand Rapids, MI, the twenty-four hundred seat auditorium hosts hundreds of performances annually, ranging from opera to ballet, rock, Broadway style productions, the spoken word, and perhaps most often, The Grand Rapids Symphony. McCullough admits, “I always thought all speakers were, basically, the same. However, since recently upgrading to our new sound system, I have been proven wrong.”
To help create and install their ideal system, DeVos turned to the team at Eighth Day Sound. Director of Installations, Tom George explains, “The most important element in designing a comprehensive audio strategy is to understand each unique issue the venue faces. The hall at DeVos is a large space with shadow and coverage challenges under the balcony and mezzanine boxes. The overall acoustics are nice, but the bass is heavy; they cater to a number of diverse shows and require an aesthetically appropriate, almost invisible, set of loudspeakers that load in and out with ease. As all loudspeakers from d&b are similarly voiced and fit together naturally, we were able to draw from various series to provide a truly customized solution for the venue.”
The design does include a little bit of everything, drawing from the V-Series, both V8 and V12, for the left and right line array. T10 and Qi10 loudspeakers fill out the center cluster, all running from D12 amplifiers. To help provide even coverage in the most difficult room locations, delays were designed using 12S-D as well as E6 loudspeakers. “With only a month to complete this project, Eighth Day Sound provided an elegant and creative design, providing a nice pallet of coverage for the space,” says d&b Regional Manager for the Midwest, Dave Thomas.
Capable of breaking down into at least five different configurations, the new sound system at DeVos Performance Hall is able to address several scenarios at once. McCullough, at the venue, is thrilled with the results, “It is a multi-purpose, multi-application design that is far beyond what we could have hoped for. There is not an inch of space that does not get clear, thorough sound.”
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