City Winery NYC re-opens with Meyer Sound
Friday, 11 June 2021
city-wineryThe venue relies on Meyer Sound reinforcement systems
USA - City Winery New York finally opened for ticketed live music events in early April at its new flagship location inside the redeveloped Pier 57 on the Hudson River after a hiatus of more than a year.
As with the seven other City Winery locations, this newest venue relies on Meyer Sound reinforcement systems exclusively, with the New York location the first to anchor its system with LINA line array loudspeakers. Within the first week of sold-out shows, the sound quality in the new room already had earned accolades from audiences and performers alike.
“I have some confidence in my own ears, but more confidence in the ears of musicians who have played here - and they have been ecstatic,” says City Winery founder and CEO Michael Dorf. “The combination of the room acoustic and the Meyer Sound LINA system is magic. Steve Earle said from the stage during his acoustic set that the sound in the room was the best he had heard in any venue.
“And when Willie Nile came with his four-piece classic rock band — two guitars with Marshall amps and a drummer that hit hard — the room and the system handled it beautifully. Willie even said that the bar had been raised for sound in New York and claimed that this was the city’s ‘new temple of rock.’”
The new system is anchored by twin arrays of eight each LINA line array loudspeakers, with sides, front centre and stage corner areas and balcony VIP areas covered by, respectively, UPQ-1P, UPJ‑1P loudspeakers and UPJunior loudspeakers. Controlled deep bass projects through a centre cardioid array of three 900‑LFC low-frequency control elements, supplemented by four 750‑LFC elements (one over each array, two under the stage).
Two Galaxy 816 Network Platforms provide system drive and optimization, with artist foldback entrusted to 10 MJF‑210 stage monitors.
“The LINA line arrays have a low profile visually, but we still have zero problems getting all the clarity and power we need,” says Marc Colletti, the production and technical director with oversight for all eight locations who also mixes many shows at his New York base. “It’s perfect for the room. It handled Willie Nile with ease. We never had to poke him to stay under the PA while at the same time keeping a comfortable listening level.”
City Winery opened in New York in 2008 on Varick Street, and on losing its lease in 2019, relocated to 30,000sq.ft of the former Marine and Aviation Pier 57 in Hudson River Park. City Winery also has locations in Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Hudson Valley.

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