Mar 01, 2001


Lucas Theatre Installs 112 Channels Of Soundcraft

--This year celebrating its 80th anniversary, as well as the finishing touches of an $11M restoration project, Savannah's beautiful Lucas Theatre has just installed top-notch sound and lighting systems that are every bit on par with the edifice's opulent décor. At the helm of the sound system, two Soundcraft consoles - a 56-channel Series FIVE for front-of-house and 56-channel SM20 for monitors - are now being utilized to provide mixing facilities for the historic former movie and vaudeville palace.

When selecting mixing consoles for the 1300-seat room, Paul T. Couch, executive director for the Lucas Theatre, was adamant in his choice for Soundcraft. "Prior to joining the Lucas last summer, I had spent several years as the general manager of Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, which uses two Soundcraft Europas," he says. "I had such a great experience with them that I knew I wanted to use Soundcraft desks here at the Lucas. They're wonderfully low-maintenance workhorses. Plus, they show up on so many touring riders for both concert and theatrical productions; there's not a production manager in the country that's going to complain when you say that you have a Series FIVE. My goal with this theatre is to build a regional reputation as an outstanding performance venue, and, with our new system, we've made it as good as any production facility in the state."

The Series FIVE is located in the house control booth at the center of the theatre's balcony, while the SM20 is set up on a rolling console stand down on the stage. A number of Crown MA-2400 and MA-3600 amplifiers drive the house concert system, which is comprised of eight JBL HLA 4895 three-way enclosures and four 4897A dual-18" subwoofer cabinets, all of which stack on the sides of the stage. A cluster of various JBL loudspeakers hangs over the proscenium to provide additional coverage for the room. Monitors are a combination of EAW models driven by Crown K Series amplifiers.

The new sound reinforcement system was installed in January, and, in its first several months, was used on performances by Alison Krauss, Glen Campbell and John Prine. The Lucas Theatre has also hosted several large theatrical productions, including the national tour of 'Godspell' and the Off-Broadway musical review 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change'.

The system's design and installation was a joint effort between Savannah's Portman Music Store, spearheaded by professional audio division manager Frank Andrews, and consultant James S. Brawley of Clemson, South Carolina.

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.

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