Austin City Limits Live: A Connected New Venue
Getting the Sound Right
The house seats 2,750, but the floor and balcony seating are steeply raked, with the furthest seat only 90 feet away from the stage. In addition, the edges of the seating areas are tightly curved inward to achieve an intimacy for broadcast shows. When designing the sound system, the team had to consider that the stage and the PA system needed to be reconfigurable for non-broadcast, live concerts, and that the entire venue was joined at the hip to the W Hotel next door?? (where not every guest would want to hear concert sound as if it were in the next room). The key, says Durr, was a combination of adroit acoustics and common sense.
???They were transitioning from a small theater that seated maybe 300 to a space that holds nearly ten times as many people, so the challenge was to keep the intimacy that the show was used to ??? and that performers and audiences enjoyed ??? but apply it to a much larger venue,??? Durr explains.
I’m going to my first show here in a couple of months. Excited!