Danley Gear Chosen for the Fine Arts Pablo Center at the Confluence

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• Created: June 7, 2019

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The Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, recently installed the center’s new audio and video systems, which include over 60 Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers powered by Danley’s multi-channel DNA amplifier/DSPs. AV integration firm Camera Corner Connecting Point (CCCP) of Green Bay, Wisconsin assisted in the design and installation of the systems.

The Pablo Center hired Threshold Acoustics, of Chicago, Illinois, to handle the acoustic and sound system design for the two larger spaces in the building – the proscenium theater and the JAMF black box theater. They hired CCCP to design AV systems for all the other rooms in the building, as well as the video systems.

“The practice spaces didn’t have any particular loudspeaker manufacturer specified, but when they asked us to run the numbers on filling them with products from the proscenium theater’s loudspeaker manufacturer, it was way over budget,” said Scott Tomashek, director of AV design and engineering for CCCP. “I explained that Danley would be a great option. People have this idea that Danley boxes are super expensive, but they’re not. They deliver state-of-the-art performance at a price that would allow the Pablo Center to more than meet their performance specifications, which required both volume and critical-listening fidelity.”

Each of the five rehearsal spaces uses four Danley SM96 loudspeakers – one in each corner – for mains and a single Danley TH112 subwoofer. Four-channel Danley DNA 10k4 Pro amplifiers drive the loudspeakers and subwoofers.

“Using the Danley amps made the setup and commissioning easier due to built-in DSP presets for the various Danley models,” Tomashek said. “The Danley hardware made it easy to hang the speakers off the pipe grid in these spaces. I worked with local fabricators to make custom rigging plates to suspend the subwoofers from the pipe grid as well.”

Given Anderson’s new enthusiasm for Danley, he and the team from Threshold agreed with Tomashek’s suggestion to switch the JAMF black box theater over to Danley as well. “Since it’s a black box theater, we fitted the speakers with clamps to allow them to be reconfigured for different shows and applications,” he said. “A total of eight Danley SM96s are dedicated to the JAMF along with four Danley TH112 subwoofers and four Danley SHMicros. All are powered with Danley DNA 10K4 Pro amplifiers.” A Yamaha CL3 digital console serves as the system’s nerve center and feeds the Danley amplifiers via Dante. Aaron Johnson, a consultant with Threshold Acoustics, tuned the system, starting from the Danley presets that come with the Danley amplifiers.

The Pablo Center’s light, sound, and video production lab includes “more Danley boxes than would seem reasonable given its size,” in Tomashek’s words, a fact that reflects the flexibility necessary for such a space. There are four Danley SH60 loudspeakers, four Danley THmini subwoofers, and sixteen Danley SHMicros, all flexibly powered by six 4-channel Danley DNA 10k4 Pro amplifiers. “They’re going to be teaching sound, lighting, and video design, and plenty more in the lab,” Tomashek said. “The DSP in the Danley amplifiers is extremely flexible and will allow them to make any scenario happen. All the Danley SHMicros can be used as effects speakers… or really whatever they want. They could even do high-dimension surround sound systems.”

He continued, “Danley support was extremely helpful during the installation process. We immediately got someone knowledgeable on the phone to handle the small issues that pop up during an install of this size. Danley has been a great partner throughout the process and we look forward to doing more projects with them in the future.”

Photo by Lee Butterworth.

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