Pablo Centre switches over to Danley
Monday, 10 June 2019
jamftheatreThe complex includes a 1,200-seat proscenium theatre, the JAMF black-box theatre and five flexible rehearsal rooms
USA - The Pablo Centre at the Confluence is a fine arts centre with grand aspirations. Situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the 143,000sq.ft space includes a 1,200-seat proscenium theatre, the 400-seat JAMF black-box theatre, five flexible rehearsal rooms & galleries, and a light, sound, and video production lab, among many other rooms.
One publication described The Pablo Centre at the Confluence as the centre of gravity for a growing orbit of arts and cultural institutions in the northwestern Wisconsin city of 65,000 residents and home to the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. AV integration firm Camera Corner Connecting Point (CCCP) of Green Bay, Wisconsin assisted in the design and installation of the centre’s audio and video systems, which include over sixty Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers powered by Danley’s multi-channel DNA amplifier/DSPs.
The Pablo Center hired Threshold Acoustics, of Chicago, Illinois, to handle the acoustic and sound system design for the two larger spaces in the building - the proscenium theatre and the JAMF black box theatre. They hired CCCP to design AV systems for all the other rooms in the building, as well as the video systems. “The practice spaces didn’t have any particular loudspeaker manufacturer specified, but when they asked us to run the numbers on filling them with products from the proscenium theatre’s loudspeaker manufacturer, it was way over budget,” says Scott Tomashek, director of AV design and engineering for CCCP.
“I explained that Danley would be a great option. People have this idea that Danley boxes are super expensive, but they’re not. They deliver state-of-the-art performance at a price that would allow the centre to more than meet their performance specifications, which required both volume and critical-listening fidelity.”
Don Ludwig of Ludwig Marketing, Danley’s representative in the upper Midwest, brought a Danley SM96 loudspeaker and a Danley TH118 subwoofer for the demo. “We were able to fly the system, and it wasn’t long before Jason was completely convinced,” Tomashek adds. “After that, we just hung out and enjoyed listening to tracks we like on the system.”
Each of the five rehearsal spaces uses four Danley SM96 loudspeakers - one in each corner - for mains and a single Danley TH112 subwoofer. Four-channel Danley DNA 10k4 Pro amplifiers drive the loudspeakers and subwoofers. “Using the Danley amps made the setup and commissioning easier due to built-in DSP presets for the various Danley models,” Tomashek says. “The Danley hardware made it easy to hang the speakers off the pipe grid in these spaces. I worked with local fabricators to make custom rigging plates to suspend the subwoofers from the pipe grid as well.”
Given Anderson’s new enthusiasm for Danley, he and the team from Threshold agreed with Tomashek’s suggestion to switch the JAMF black box theatre over to Danley as well. “Since it’s a black box theatre, we fitted the speakers with clamps to allow them to be reconfigured for different shows and applications,” he said.
“A total of eight Danley SM96s are dedicated to the JAMF along with four Danley TH112 subwoofers and four Danley SHMicros. All are powered with Danley DNA 10K4 Pro amplifiers.” A Yamaha CL3 digital console serves as the system’s nerve centre and feeds the Danley amplifiers via Dante. Aaron Johnson, a consultant with Threshold Acoustics, tuned the system, starting from the Danley presets that come with the Danley amplifiers.
(Jim Evans)

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