Masque Sound recently provided Tony Award-winning sound designer Scott Lehrer with a custom audio package to bring his vision to the road for the North American tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.
“There were a few requirements the touring sound package needed to meet — it had to move efficiently, play in a variety of different theatres and still provide quality sound for the audience, at every venue,” explains Lehrer. “Masque Sound provided us with the audio equipment for the Broadway production of The King and I in New York, so we felt confident that it would once again be able to provide us with a great touring system.”
A key component to Lehrer’s sound design was a new approach to the touring PA system. Masque Sound supplied him with a d&b audiotechnik loudspeaker package featuring V- and Y-Series arrays. This marked the first time that Lehrer used d&b’s array processing technology on tour.
“We used the new array processing technology for the left, right and center clusters in the balcony and mezzanine, which made a big difference in terms of coverage in those areas. This allowed our front of house engineer Tim Smith to create even coverage from city-to-city in the mezzanine and balcony areas. For a tour, array processing is a game-changer. With the careful dimensional measurement, you can achieve better coverage from seat-to-seat and know you are getting to the far reaches of the balcony and mezzanine with much more even frequency response and level.”
Another interesting component of the sound design was the use of Point Source Audio microphones. “Point Source is a relative newcomer to the Broadway theatrical game, but using these mics proved to be a cost-effective solution that did not compromise the audio quality of the show. They are very consistent and vocally friendly mics.”
“It was great to work with Masque Sound once again,” adds Lehrer. “Masque Sound provided its usual outstanding support. The crew at Masque Sound was prepared for anything and was super helpful with building custom left/right towers that met our needs in a very specific way. Gary Stocker at Masque Sound was great in the design of our touring towers. My team, including my associate sound designer Alex Neumann and A1 Timothy Schmidt, also did a wonderful job. The show sounds great.”
The tour is currently scheduled to run through July of 2018 with upcoming stops including Washington D.C., Atlanta, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Dallas, Denver, Nashville, Cincinnati, San Diego, Toronto and many more.