The Town Hall, NYC
SAVI has been providing the house sound system for “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor” at The Town Hall in Manhattan since December 2007. This historic venue is located in the heart of New York City’s theatre district, and presents its fair share of challenges.
The Town Hall was opened in 1921 by The League for Political Education as a venue where they could educate the masses “on the important issues of the day”. As with most older venues designed for speech without amplification, the house is very shallow from front to back and has a large, steep balcony. Providing even coverage for the entire balcony and orchestra level while remaining as unobtrusive as possible is a difficult task in this space. SAVI decided on an all-d&b audiotechnik system to accomplish this.
An engineered system of Q series and E series loudspeakers was integrated into the hall for precise performance. Using both stacked and flown array configurations allowed SAVI technical staff to achieve maximum flexibility and dedicated coverage for every seat in the house. The entire system is powered by d&b D12 amplifiers and controlled by d&b R1 software.
Having absolute control over the coverage and SPL is critical for “Prairie Home.” Even the slightest glitch in the live sound can have a huge impact on the broadcast mix. With over four million listeners tuning in every week, there is no room for failure whatsoever. The coverage patterns of the Q-series arrays and auxiliary speakers provide even SPL for 100% of the audience while assuring that there is no spillover onto the walls, ceiling, or balcony lip.
The d&b system has proven to be a great success on all fronts. “Prairie Home” Broadcast Engineer Sam Hudson, FOH Engineer Tony Axtell, and the sound crew at The Town Hall have been in love with the rig from day one. They all agree that it’s the perfect system for the venue.