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Westville Music Bowl Installs First Ever d&b CPO J-Series

Westville Music Bowl, formerly the CT Tennis Center on the Yale University campus in New Haven, has installed the first ever d&b audiotechnik CPO J-Series.

Outside of lockdown, the venue can seat up to 10,000 but with CDC guidelines, it currently hosts 4,000 attendees. As Westville Music Bowl is completely outdoors, the venue has been able to entertain a larger capacity than other neighboring music venues. However, after May 19, CDC and state guideline will be updated to reflect full seating capacity with specific guidelines for attendees.

The bowl is the first arena in the world to utilise the recently announced d&b audiotechnik re-manufactured certified pre-owned (CPO) programme with a J-Series loudspeaker system. The first show to use the CPO J-Series was for Government Mule with most of the season events pre-sold out.

d&b CPO J-Series was launched from an initiative to extend the life of a rider-friendly loudspeaker system, as well as conserving natural resources and reducing waste. Remanufacturing is the process of returning a used product to at least its original manufactured performance and quality standards. This work is performed in Asheville, NC at the d&b US HQ as well as the factory in Backnang, Germany.

DNR Laboratories of Watertown, CT installed the CPO-J.

“Due to timing of the CPO J-Series becoming available, it was exactly what our client required,” said Donnie Gamsjager, president, DNR. “Warranty was critical; the CPO J-Series comes with a factory warranty as a used re-purposed system. It was also a huge cost savings over competitors used systems, and even competitors new systems which was vital to the owners’ comfort to use the re-purposed system. The Westville Music Bowl has a strong green initiative and uses solar power during the day (2,000 seats were removed for solar panels); all beverage cups are bio-degradable, and the entire facility recycles. All vendors engaged in the venue are asked to follow green initiatives. We wanted a proven system that no one would ever think twice about. J-Series systems are proven to perform consistently day in and day out. Engineers at front of house know what they are going to get every time in every venue with the J-Series.”

Gamsjager also added that a key determining factor was the track record of well-controlled directivity of d&b loudspeakers.

“The J-Series are known for keeping the sound forward facing and minimising artefacts off the sides and rear of the box. The system stands on its own without subwoofers in the air that would have created a huge noise pollution issue and taken up much of the valuable rigging space. SL-SUBs’ cardioid pattern and output were attractive to the owner to keep the low end inside the venue and out of the neighbourhood. d&b offers NoizCalc software that helps predict the venue’s noise emissions and provided useful data when applying for zoning and permits from the city. The best part was that the NoizCalc data was spot on when compared to the report from a 3rd party firm that was hired independently to analyse noise pollution under show conditions. The city is thrilled with the control of the sound coming from the venue.”

“We’ve done five shows over two weekends at Westville, and I have to say I am thrilled with the performance of this J-Series rig,” commented Tim Burke, production manager.

“The venue is getting rave reviews on having fantastic audio and no sightline issues,” added Dave Niedbalski, promoter for the venue.

Gamsjager also noted: “Competitors to d&b just didn’t have the software suite, engineering support, or ability to prove their system would control noise pollution in this venue. The system sounds incredible; the venue is incredible, and the J-Series was the reliable solution. The J rig is compact, lightweight, and still, to this day outperforms the competitors’ systems in the same footprint. The ability to keep the sightlines clear using minimal PA while maximising coverage and SPL throughout the venue was a huge win for making every seat location an enhancement to the audience listening experience. Basically, the solution required less J-Series, Y-Series and SL-SUBs to complete a working 10,000-seat arena then any competitor.”

The complete system contains 28 x CPO J8/J12 (14 per side), 12 x Y8 (outfills – six per side), eight x Ti10P (front fills), and eight x SL-GSUB. Amplifiers are 30D installation models for all loudspeaker systems except for the subwoofers which are on D80 amplifiers. A dedicated computer running d&b R1 Control software is used for easy-to-work control for audio distribution of the entire system.

Earlier this month, d&b audiotechnik announced the launch of a new business in the form of d&b solutions, offering integration and installation services. You can read our interview with d&b CEO Amnon Harman here.