Nov 01, 2001


Raue Center for the Arts Retrofits with Soundcraft Pair

--After 72 years as the El Tovar theatre in the northwest Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake, the 810-seat former movie and vaudeville house reopened its doors late September as the Raue Center for the Arts. The grand opening of the historic Mission-style theatre followed an extensive renovation that included expanding the stage, completely redoing the stage house and upgrading the sound reinforcement system.

As part of the latter task, Interstate Electronics Company, a leading Chicago systems integrator, installed two Soundcraft consoles - a 32-channel Series TWO and a 40-channel Monitor2. The Series TWO is located out in the audience seating area, just off center, and provides the FOH mix while the Monitor2 sits at 'stage right' running monitors.

"The Raue Center's roster of performances is quite varied," says Interstate Electronics Sales Engineer Wayne Thomas. "In the first few weeks alone, the venue brought in Bill Cosby for two nights, a big choral event called Festival of the Voice and a production of Annie Get Your Gun. Virtually all of the acts that come in will be utilizing the house system, so we recommended that the client put in Soundcraft consoles for their recognizable name and dependable reputation. I've used and installed Soundcrafts for years and never had a problem or complaint."

Thomas, along with the assistance of Interstate Electronics Audio Engineer Eric DeFlorio, installed the two desks in early September. Other primary system components that went in at the same time included dbx DriveRack processors, QSC amplifiers, Apogee loudspeakers and other varied equipment "to match what's commonly used on Broadway mixed with new technologies," he adds.

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