When officials at Oaklawn Racing Casino greenlighted a multi-phased expansion project, one of the big ticket items they wanted to add to the resort was a versatile event space that could host conferences, concerts and more. As the vision came to fruition, the recently opened 15,000-square-foot event center features the latest in state-of-the-art technology, including an ADAPTive PA system comprising 20 Anna loudspeakers and 12 Otto subwoofers from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). In addition, EAW monitors and side-fills were also employed on the project.
The task of equipping the 1,500-seat venue with the latest in AV technology, including a 1,900-square-foot stage with a large video wall, was given to full-service AV integration firm TMG Systems. Designed by Jerrold Stevens of Marsh/PMK International LLC, this is the second project TMG Systems has worked on with Stevens in which EAW ADAPTive was the chosen solution.
“The system was configured as a left/right hang with eight Anna units and six Otto subs per side, complete with a four-box center cluster for downfill,” says Mark LaBouff, National Sales Manager, TMG Systems. “The ability of the EAW ADAPTive line to be really targeted in the vertical domain was particularly important in this application, along with the ability to set numerous presets to provide optimal coverage when the room is set up in different configurations for various types of events.”
In the new event space tuning was seamless, using EAW’s Resolution software along with additional reference resources. For LaBouff and his team, the system’s ease of use and simple set up, coupled with its outstanding sound-quality were the standout features of the ADAPTive system.
According to LaBouff, “The rigging system designed by EAW is simple, straightforward, and easy to use. It makes flying the speakers very easy. Also, the audio quality of the Annas and Ottos is second to none. The resort is thrilled with the performance of the system. In fact, when we did the first demonstration of the system, the customer stayed for three hours, requesting track-after-track so that they could hear what their new system was capable of achieving.”
The install at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort marks the fifth time TMG Systems has turned to the EAW ADAPTive line when looking to provide venues with a top-performing PA system. Other EAW installations include the Penn State University Arena, the Pier 17 roof-top concert venue in New York City, the Union Performing Arts Center in Tulsa, OK and the Abilene Performing Arts Center in Texas.