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WorldStage Provides Audio System Upgrade for David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center for the Performing Art’s David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall) new in-house audio system package was created by WorldStage. It will serve all regular events in the concert hall.

“Lincoln Center insists the patron experience be top notch at all times, that includes all audio needs, from film screenings to every day amplification.” says WorldStage project manager Susanna Harris-Rea.

“This represents a major upgrade to the concert hall’s in-house sound system,” adds WorldStage audio designer Kate Brown. “WorldStage has supplied David Geffen Hall with current technology, including loudspeakers, amps, digital consoles and wireless mics.” WorldStage was tasked with making extensive changes, including replacing some rigging and installing cabling and fiber for audio networking.

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The concert hall’s new left, center and right speaker system features d&b Audiotechnik V7P and V10P point source loudspeakers, which cover the large area without the need for a giant line array. “d&b speakers were chosen specifically for their capabilities in this type of concert hall setting,” notes Harris-Rea. “They are small and unobtrusive with custom covers that blend into the ceiling. No one wants to sit in a concert hall and see speakers.”

WorldStage also added d&b E8 loudspeakers for balcony seating and d&b T10 speakers for front fill plus d&b D20 and D80 amps/processors for vocals and spoken word.

The new equipment includes the concert hall’s first digital consoles, a Yamaha CL1 controlling FOH audio and a Yamaha CL5 for house mixing. Yamaha’s Rio series I/O rack operates over Dante network audio protocol and fiber. In addition, a set of Shure ULX wireless microphone systems were installed.

“WorldStage’s relationship with Lincoln Center spans more than 25 years,” notes WorldStage vice president Scott Schachter. “The company has supported most of Lincoln Center’s spaces during that time with lighting, audio and video equipment.”

“Perhaps the greatest challenge of designing a new audio system for David Geffen Hall was having to satisfy many disparate requirements,” said Randall Etheredge, Lincoln Center Senior Director, Production. “The system had to provide superb clarity that filled the house at low and high volumes while remaining as unobtrusive as possible. Lincoln Center is very pleased with what World Stage delivered.”

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