Some 33 years after it was founded, the 550-seat CupOJoy live music venue in Green Bay, Wisconsin recently welcomed its first permanently installed sound system in the larger space within the two-auditorium venue to which it relocated two years ago (having successively occupied two previous locations).
Part of a complete AV fit-out masterminded by local system integrators CCCP (Camera Corner), a Martin Audio Wavefront Precision WPS line array was specified after careful evaluation against other leading brands.
Since the facility – whose mission is to be a family-friendly venue offering ‘music that inspires’ – is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers, the two-year fund-raising programme leading up to the investment required an outcome that would please operators and donors alike.
As CupOJoy’s technical director, Mark Berg, puts it: “When we fired up the PA for the first time before the launch event I was flabbergasted by the quality of the sound, and [CupOJoy director], Jan Oettinger, said she was moved to tears. After the benefit concert two days later, multiple people came up, including one of our donors, stating that it sounded amazing.”
As this is the first sound system installed in the main space, in view of the size and scope of the room, it presented a major challenge. Reviewing the process that had led to this deployment, Oettinger explains that three potential vendors had been interviewed.
“When we compared the different proposals, we felt Martin Audio offered the expediency of delivery, was rider friendly and provided better value for money.”