RCS Corporation of Cleveland installed the Soundcraft desk in January, which is now being used to mix audio for most games and events held in the 20,500-seat bowl. The K3 Theatre is located on the fifth seating tier at eye level with the halo of JBL speakers and Crown amplifiers it controls. The console also routes out to numerous JBL downfill speakers and miscellaneous feeds throughout the facility.
"With the Gund Arena's budget in mind, we felt that the K3 offered a particularly attractive list of features and flexibility," says John Fritz, RCS audio engineer. "The board's matrix is quite nice, and the desk is elegant in its ease of use."
Numerous pieces of audio gear feed into the Soundcraft desk, including several digicard units for sound effects and prerecorded message playback, announcer microphones, wireless mics from the floor, DAT decks and more. Audio signals from the video players that feed the arena's four center-hung Sony JT16 Jumbotron video scoreboards are also run through the K3 Theatre.
In addition to the Cavaliers, the Cleveland Rockers (WNBA) and Lumberjacks (IHL) call the Gund Arena 'home'. The facility is adjacent to Jacobs Field, native turf to the Cleveland Indians, and the two venues collectively form the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex.
Soundcraft, a leading British manufacturer of high-end mixing consoles serving live, broadcast, theatre and recording markets, is distributed in the US by Harman Pro North America, a subsidiary of Harman International.