Knox County Memorial Theater
Transforming a 1926 theater into a state-of-the-art venue
Converting a nearly 100-year-old theater into a venue that meets the needs of today’s touring artists and theatrical productions is no small task. Doing it in 16 weeks seems downright impossible.
But that’s exactly what LIVE! Technologies did for Knox County Memorial Theater.
LIVE! was charged with coordinating the entire project. Our analysis determined that the theater needed new electrical service, sound system, lighting, rigging, communication system, as well as multiple infrastructure improvements.
As you can imagine, a century-old building brings quite a few challenges. First, there were no electrical drawings for the original building. Most of the existing electric conduit was buried in the walls and floors. And the theater wasn’t constructed with the capability for a counterweight system.
LIVE! replaced the existing sound system, installed in 2002, with a Yamaha mixing console and Meyer speakers, which are among the best audio systems in the world. We selected a combination of four different speakers in order to provide the best sound coverage. The result is that no matter where you’re seated, there’s no more than a 2-decible difference between what you hear and what someone on the other side of the theater hears. We also installed a Listen Technologies Assisted Listening System to overcome the challenges of noise, distance, and hearing loss.
The projection screen was replaced with not one but two motorized screens. We replaced all of the 1960s incandescent lighting fixtures with a new LED theatrical lighting system. We installed a new motorized rigging system that allows performers to fly through the air, bringing a thrilling dimension to performances. And a state-of-the-art control system and an innovative intercom system ensures a smooth and flawless production.
In addition, we replaced the existing electrical service, installed new drapery and pit cover, made structural improvements to the stage, added a new sound booth, and repaired aging walls and floors.
Solving intelligibility issues with Bose RoomMatch
A sanctuary is a place to come together in fellowship. So when some congregants are unable to hear the service because the sound from the audio system doesn’t reach the entire sanctuary, it’s a major problem.
That’s the issue that plagued Ginghamsburg Church. Because of the asymmetrical shape of the space, the sound distribution was less than desirable, despite being equipped with proficient audio gear.
The LIVE! Technologies engineering team immediately began to research options and decided that the Bose RoomMatch line-array system offered the best audio coverage for the space. RoomMatch ensured that audio distribution within the sanctuary was the same for everyone, from the front row to the very back of the balcony.
“There are so many different amp and cabinet configurations available with the Bose RoomMatch system that it allowed for a ton of flexibility. It was also appealing to us because of the excellent craftsmanship and low failure rate that the product line is known for,” explained Cody Ramey, LIVE! Account Executive for Ginghamsburg Church.
The flexibility of the RoomMatch equipment configurations, coupled with its ability to work well in both spoken word and live music applications, made it the clear leader in the audio system design for the church.
Chris Benge, Technical and Sound Engineer at Ginghamsburg Church, has seen excellent results with the audio installation, a fact that he credits to the LIVE! team’s focused design process and commitment to the church’s requirements for the sanctuary.
“We didn’t even start talking about what equipment we would put in; we talked about ‘What do I want it to do?’. LIVE! Technologies would be my first call. It’s been a great process,” Chris said.
MVNU Ariel Arena
Enabling maximum performance with minimal effort
When it comes to technology, there’s a sweet spot between performance and ease of use—and that’s exactly what LIVE! delivered for Mount Vernon Nazarene’s Ariel Arena. We designed and installed integrated audiovisual equipment into each area within the new building, and we mounted Creston touch screens in key areas, like the ticket counter and lobby, so that MVNU staff can operate the sound and lighting systems with minimal effort.
Creating a space that is as innovative as it is flexible
As a marketing and communications agency, Fahlgren Mortine needed their space to be just as flexible as they are. The LIVE! team created a system of cutting-edge technologies, like touch displays with annotation, Polycom HD video conferencing, and high-definition projection units. A Creston control system with iPad integration allows their team complete access to the system with the tap of a finger. But we didn’t stop there. We equipped an out-of-state satellite office to communicate with the Columbus home office via the same equipment for seamless integration.
St. John Lutheran Church
Delivering crystal clear sound to everyone in the room
How do you solve a problem like uneven audio coverage? For St. John Lutheran Church, LIVE! solved the problem by installing subwoofers that extended frequency ranges, adding a digital signal processor that tunes the room for more accurate coverage patterns, equipping the space with a Yamaha digital console, and programming the entire system to be easily managed with an iPad.