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Upper Darby Performing Arts Center Audio Upgrade

For nearly 40 years, the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center has been a mainstay of the Delaware County theatrical community. Boasting many performances each season, the facility gives families affordable access to live theater, including dance, orchestral, and theatrical productions. While it is one of the most active community arts venues in the area, its systems and equipment had lagged behind the times. Clear Sound was chosen to install an entirely new Dante-networked system, installing and programming all components. The main loudspeakers are L’Acoustics KIVA left-center-right loudspeaker line source arrays in the auditorium. Existing wireless microphone systems were supplemented with a 16 channel Shure ULXDQ wireless system with Countryman microphones. The versatile analog input structure on stage feeds a Yamaha Rio 3224 – D stagebox in the orchestra loft, sending Dante back to the new Yamaha CL3 console which provides mixing and processing, and can be controlled via a provided Apple iPad. A Mac Mini serves both as the system Dante controller and as an SFX playback unit utilizing Dante virtual sound card. The console’s output feeds the system’s BSS DSP via Dante, and the DSP sends AES to the L’Acoustics LA4X amplifiers. Blulink outputs feed an additional series of Crown amplifiers used for monitors, subwoofers and patchable amplifier channels. In addition, the facility upgraded its paging and intercom systems and assistive listening systems to be compliant with ADA specifications. These upgrades ensure that the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center will continue to be a state-of-the-art facility for musical, dance and theatrical productions, enjoyed by more than 60,000 audience members each year.

When Hatboro-Horsham School District needed to upgrade the audio system in the high school’s auditorium, they chose Clear Sound to install the new system. Milt Kunz, theater director and project coordinator, said the installation team’s “greatest skills were the ability to listen to our conversations to pick out the priorities and needs of our house.

Each year, all over the country, more than 300,000 people get together with friends, family and co-workers for the MS Walk sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Walks raise money for research, provide services to those affected by MS and to raise awareness. And every year, in Philadelphia, Clear Sound is there to provide audio support for the event.

The Griffin Complex at Gwynedd Mercy University is home to the Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Volleyball teams. The Complex hosted exciting competitions and distinguished graduations, but the attendees had a hard time hearing what was happening.

Intimate, natural-sounding dialogue in a sold-out theater. Crisp, intelligible announcements in a packed stadium. Exhilarating lights and music at an outdoor summer festival. A stirring sermon reaching every corner of a cavernous church.

Sounds like the work of Clear Sound - the Delaware Valley's best full-service audio, video and lighting company.