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On Thursday, February 24, 2011, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle
Obama marked Black History Month at the White House with a celebration of Motown
music. The event took place in the East Room at the White House, and Chris Anderson,
of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based Anderson Audio, was asked to spec the project.
Anderson Audio is a premier audio vendor in the Mid-Atlantic region, providing
professional audio design, consultation and installation. Chris decided to rely on
products from EAW for loudspeaker solutions for the event.
The Motown event is the latest in the music series, In Performance at the White
House. Performers included Smokey Robinson, Sheryl Crow, Seal and John Legend,
among others, and several Motown legends were in attendance. The event will be
broadcast on PBS on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. The night was also
streamed live on http://whitehouse.gov and http://pbs.org, and will air to service
members around the world on March 11 via the American Forces Network.
Anderson stated, The East Room is approximately 80 feet by 40 feet, and all the
speakers need to hang from trusses ringing the room at about 16-18 feet. The room
has some sound issues, and to complicate things even further, there are three huge
crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.
Anderson looked to EAW, who recommended their NTL720 Self-Powered Line Array System
and NTS250 Large Format Flyable Subwoofer. Anderson Audio assembled arrays of
NTL720s, four per side, with four NTS250s, two per side, in the front of the room.
Other EAW products used included JF60z Compact Full-Range Loudspeakers for front
fills and NT29 Self-Powered Full-Range Loudspeakers for out fills.
Anderson noted, I needed low profile, high output boxes with a wide horizontal
dispersion pattern, and EAW provided a solution. There are many challenges involved
in an event like this we are shooting a TV show, and the sound system has to be
effective in translating the energy and excitement of the show while not getting
into any of the camera shots. Frequency response must be smooth and accurate to not
interfere with the broadcast mix audio.
He continued, By all accounts, the system performed very well. I received many
compliments about the audio for this show in particular. From the smiles we got from
my staff when we hung the NTL720s in our shop, to the finale of the Motown show,
with the VIP audience on their feet singing and clapping, our decision to go with
EAWs for this event was confirmed as a good one. These excellent tools from EAW
allowed us to deliver at one of the most high-profile events around.
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