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Clemson University Upgrades Performing-arts Center

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 PM, By Linda Seid Frembes

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Meyer Sound M'elodie line arrays in Clemson University's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts

The left and right hangs of M'elodie line arrays were new for the Brooks Center, which never had a line array installed there before. The line arrays presented both challenges and opportunities for the venue. "The architects had included a place in the ceiling for a center cluster in the building design, but we weren't sure if we needed to rip apart the ceiling to accommodate the new line arrays," Moore says. "But we found we could remove the acoustical treatment and the underlying plywood and mount them with the rigging up in the ceiling. The result is that the rigging is hidden and the line arrays look like they belong in the room. That coincidence saved money on destruction and construction of the space."

As for why they chose a line array in the first place, Moore notes that the Brooks Center is a performing-arts venue as well as an educational facility. "The line array works as an educational tool," says Moore, who teaches a sound-reinforcement class at Clemson. "Using the Galileo loudspeaker management system, I can mute individual boxes to show the students what comb filtering sounds like or I can demonstrate EQ and how it affects phase, and have a graphic display for a real-world scenario. It's one thing to teach these things as theory, but when I do it in the room, they really grasp what it sounds like."

In addition to the new sound system, the Brooks Center also replaced their console with a new Digico D1 digital console and added a transformer and ground isolation, as well as a Lyntech sequential power rack with one-touch on/off. In the future, Moore's plans for the Center include a 70V paging system for the dressing rooms and backstage area and perhaps a new acoustic shell.

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