Aug 29, 2006

Music Venues

Soundcraft At The Helm Of L’Auberge Du Lac

--Despite floating in the direct path of Hurricane Rita last year, Pinnacle Entertainment’s L’Auberge du Lac dockside riverboat casino in Lake Charles is once again rockin’ with gamblers from the nearby Houston metro area.

Aside from boasting a 30,000-square-foot floating gaming area, the $365M resort’s 227-acre land-based facilities include a 26-story hotel with 750 rooms, 26,000 square feet of meeting space, an 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio, seven restaurants, and several entertainment venues – including the 1,500-capacity L’Auberge Event Center, with its 40x30-foot stage and tiered seating, and intimate 165-seat Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill, where the stage is a flat bed trailer attached to a real semi truck.

Based on its reputation as a marine industry AV specialist, St. Louis-based Multicom Communications was contacted by Pinnacle to outfit each of these two performance spaces with sound reinforcement, lighting and video systems. Wanting to adequately satisfy rider requirements in both venues, Janet Fink, Multicom’s VP of operations and sales, chose to standardize on Soundcraft consoles, including 40-channel MH3 and Monitor 2 consoles in the Event Center and a 32-channel LX7ii in the restaurant/lounge.

According to Ron Richey, entertainment manager for L’Auberge, the consoles have all been big winners. “Everyone seems to really like these boards, myself included,” he says, “especially the VCAs on the MH3 – those have been a big hit. I also really like the Soundcraft EQ, which is nice and warm. They’re good desks and we’re glad to be using them.”

Over the past few months, the L’Auberge Event Center has hosted the Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, Ann-Margret, Dwight Yoakam, Smokey Robinson, Merle Haggard, Jay Leno, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Lionel Richie and Bill Cosby, many of whom have used the Soundcraft consoles.

Multicom also put in a considerable amount of other Harman equipment along with the three new desks, including dbx DriveRack and Lexicon MPX550 processing, Crown Xs Series power amplifiers (plus CTs Series multichannel units in a distributed system), and various models of JBL loudspeakers throughout.

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