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VUE al-4 Line Upgrades Frist Theatre

Film and Performance Theatre at Frist Campus Centre, Princeton University, USA, recently unveiled a VUE al-4 line array system as part of a major audio system upgrade.

With fixed seating for 197 on the main level and 42 on the balcony, the Film and Performance Theatre features a small stage, as well as projection screen and capabilities for 35mm, 16mm and DVD films.

An existing surround sound system provides sufficient sound for dance performances and film viewing, but until recently the venue lacked a suitable sound reinforcement solution for live music performances.
Recognising a need to expand the theatre's capabilities, Jim Streeter, Theatre Production Manager, and his colleague James Allington, Audio Engineer, teamed up with PanAVid to design and install a more capable solution.
PanAVid opted for a fairly straightforward configuration. Dual, four-element al-4 arrays were yoke-mounted on poles atop a pair of VUE hs-25 powered subwoofers located at the left and right of the forward stage. A single VUE V4 systems engine provided power and processing for the eight al-4 elements.
"We were initially concerned about getting even coverage throughout the room," said Jim. "The al-4 not only delivered exceptional coverage and sound quality, but it did so with almost no tweaking. We literally had it set up and playing within a few minutes.
"The al-4's compact size and ability to scale up and down, or drop in and out of a road case in pre-assembled stacks, makes it extremely easy to work with. It's really the perfect balance of line array performance and single-box simplicity," added Jim.
An Avid Venue S3L console handles the mix, and rounds out the new 'live worthy' system. And while it's only been online for a few weeks, early reports are that Streeter and Allington couldn't be happier with the results.





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