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Lerner Theatre, Elkhart, Indiana

A major overhaul of this 87-year-old performance venue saw the addition of 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a larger seating capacity, and an expanded moveable stage. Audio integrator Vista AV of Granger, IN provided the sound reinforcement upgrade, utilizing JBL VerTec line arrays.

The main theater is outfitted with 20 JBL VT4887ADPDA compact powered line array elements (3-way, 2 x 8-inch cones, 4 x 4-inch cones, 2 x 1-inch compression drivers) with DrivePack technology Crown-designed amplifier modules, as well as four SRX712M and six VRX915M stage monitors, powered by Crown amplifiers.

The existing theatre system was also supplemented with two JBL SRX718 (1 x 18-inch) powered subwoofers and three JBL AC18/26 compact loudspeakers. In addition, the multipurpose room at the facility is outfitted with 36 Control 26CT small-format ceiling loudspeakers powered by Crown CTs 4200 Series amplifiers.

“This was a challenging installation because we were dealing with an existing historic structure that was not at all accommodating to modern technology,” explains Cyril Oake, project manager for Vista AV.

“Using the built-in Crown amplifier modules with the VT4887ADP-DA speakers allowed for fast rigging of the arrays and combination of the DP module, and the JBL speakers not only provided a clean professional look for the install, but sonically met the needs of the facility,” adds David Glass, Vista AV systems designer.

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