The historic Miller Theater was in desperate need of a $25 million overhaul of everything inside it's walls. Mankin Media was called in to help ensure that the Audio system would be able to support both the Augusta Symphony as it's main venue, and also support touring artists who were would pack the theater. The need to honor the history of the theater and to bring the theater into the 21st Century for the technical systems.
Flexibility was a big focus for the venue. Being able to host the Augusta Symphony and be able to support a touring artist who was bringing in their own gear was important. The touring arts needed an elastic system that would allow them to bring in their gear and plug-in to the house system, and do it even if the need was for a complex analog infrastructure.
Mankin Media worked with Kirkegaard Associates to finalize the plans for the installation of an La'Coustics Kira PA that would connect each seat in the theater with the performance that was happening on the stage. There was an intense focus to ensure that every seat, from the very front row to the very back of the balcony had the same audio experience.
Because the Miller Theater is a historic venue, there were a number of unique challenges on the deploy. For one, there were a number of changes after the design was completed. Incorporating those changes and keeping to the timelines was an important requirement. The historical artwork and fittings needed to be watched over carefully, even as the entire audio system was being installed. Because of the size of the space, the runs for conduit were longer than normal which required careful planning and execution by the Mankin Media Deploy technicians.
11x Kara boxes flown on each side
11x SB18i Subs flown per side
8x compact 5XT coaxial speakers on the stage lip for front fill
3x X8 enclosures mounted under the very front of the balcony
3x 5XT mounted on the ceiling approximately 20 feet further back to cover the rest of the under-balcony seating
3x arrays of X12
10x LA4X amplified controllers are used to power and process the entire system
Launch Photo Gallery
The system will be able to easily handle a variety of production requirements for the future, even if those requirements are complex or nuanced. The Mankin team was able to partner with the Miller Theater to install an audio system that provides the flexibility and power that is needed for the Augusta Symphony and for any touring artists that come to the theater for years to come.