As part of an upgrade project, the main live performance space at the Coeur d’Alene casino, hotel and resort in Worley, ID has been outfitted with a new sound reinforcement system headed by a variety of components from Alcons Audio, including LR18 compact pro-ribbon line arrays.
“Casinos like Coeur d’Alene attract international performing artists and the owners wanted to set themselves apart from other venues,” says Dave Rahn, North America sales manager for Alcons. “They wanted a high-end system that would meet rider specifications and be something that engineers were excited to mix on.”
Coeur d’Alene’s owners consulted a venue in Las Vegas that had recently installed Alcons LR18 arrays, and after a demonstration, they made their decision. The system incorporates 18 LR18 modules joined by six BF362i mkII subwoofers to bolster the low end.
Further, the stage is now equipped with a monitoring system utilizing Alcons VR8 monitors as well as VR12/60 mid-size monitors and BF151 mkII subs for stage fill. All loudspeakers are powered by eight Sentinel10 amplified controllers.
“Versatility and great sound was important for the reputation of the casino. We have a wide variety of guests, so looking great and sounding great was key,” says Norbie Seres of the Coeur d’Alene A/V department.
The next stage of the project addressed the NightHawk Ultra Lounge that has a stage for live performances and DJ sets. Here, the choice for sound reinforcement was Alcons VR12s flown horizontally above the stage, corner-mounted VR8s, and ceiling-mounted, downward-firing BF151 subs. Additional VR8s were installed for main system delays, with VR5 mini versatile monitors as fills covering the bar area.
“We wanted to ensure the lounge could be used for a variety of functions, Norbie explains. “These include local and regional bands, with the flexibility to put on higher profile acoustic or singer/songwriter acts, as well as the occasional DJ and broadcast sports event. It’s also used for private events.”
Rahn concludes: “The response to the systems has been fantastic. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that Coeur d’Alene undoubtedly has the best sounding main show room and lounge in a mid-sized U.S. casino.”