|SIA ACOUSTICS BRINGS PAST TO PRESENT AT HISTORIC RIALTO THEATRE WITH NEW JBL VERTEC® POWERED LINE ARRAYS
NORTHRIDGE, California – In a dramatic restoration of one of the most historic vaudeville theaters in the
country, SIA Acoustics recently consulted on a unique 2-part acoustic renovation at the Rialto Theatre in
Tucson, Arizona. The upgrade is part of the not-for-profit theater’s third year in operation as part of the City
of Tucson’s Rio Nuevo project to help revitalize downtown Tucson.
Originally built in 1920, the Rialto Theatre still boasts its original historic interior with an art deco motif, and
was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. It was voted "Best Indoor Venue" for 2008 in
the Best of Tucson awards. Recent and upcoming entertainment acts featured at the 1,800-seat facility
represent a broad range of artists including Bruce Cockburn, the Jason Mraz Trio, GWAR, Eric Johnson,
Candlebox, the Robert Cray Band and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. In addition to being a renowned concert
facility, the theatre also hosts dance, performing arts and film screening events. In keeping with its recent
renovation and prestigious honors, the new audio system at the proscenium-stage venue features JBL
VERTEC® DP Series powered line arrays.
"The Rialto presents a wide range of musical and spoken word productions, so we selected a sound
system capable of serving these varied types, providing both improved intelligibility and musical impact,"
said Sam Berkow of SIA Acoustics. "The new JBL system will provide both clear, intelligible speech to
every seat, while still being able to provide tonally balanced and high impact music."
The $300,000 upgrade to the audio system includes a line array configuration of 16 JBL VERTEC
VT4888DP-AN midsize powered line array elements equipped with JBL DrivePack® technology (eight per
side). The system was configured using HiQnet™ System Architect™ software and is fully networked for
remote control and monitoring. The system also features a dbx DriveRack 4800 for system EQ, signal
routing and loudspeaker management.
The VERTEC system was chosen for its rider-friendly features and ease of installation. ""We selected the
JBL cabinets based on their excellent audio performance and their acceptance by the tour sound
community," said Bruce Momich, Production Manager for the Rialto Theatre. "At the Rialto we want to
provide an extremely high-quality experience for our audience, and we feel this system will help us meet
Acoustically, SIA Acoustics improved the tonal balance of the
Theatre, helping the room support a more powerful sound system.
The result is a system that is optimized to deliver intelligible
speech and high-impact musical productions. "The room was a
good space for amplified performances as we found it, so we only
made a few changes, mostly to help control mid and low
frequency reverberation, and help the room support a much more
powerful sound system," Berkow noted. "The addition of a large
‘bass trap’ at the rear of the balcony will act to improve the sound
throughout the Theatre."
For more information on SIA Acoustics, please visit www.siaacoustics.com
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