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Folger Shakespeare Library Theatre
When one thinks of the treasures of the Folger Shakespeare Library, books, manuscripts and artwork immediately come to mind. But for many, the library’s national landmark building—designed by Paul Philippe Cret (1876–1945) who also designed the Pan American Union in Washington and the Detroit Institute of Arts—is a high point.
Located in a historic building, the theatre department wished to upgrade the previous audio system install adding surround sound capabilities, new speakers, and a digital console.
RCI installed 12 ultra-compact speakers, 2 mid-sized speakers, and 2 full-sized speakers into a multi-zone surround theatre system. Great care was taken to retain the historic nature of the building by working with Folger staff to blend the new speakers into the existing scheme. Two powered subwoofers were installed under the stage. A new 24 channel digital console with surround capabilities was installed. One additional 8-channel 24-bit/96kHz analog line-level input card was installed to bring the total number of input channels to 24 microphone and 4 line input channels. The associated 8-channel analog Mic/Line Preamplifier is located in an existing equipment rack located at FOH. Five new amplifiers were installed into a new equipment rack. Two isolated 20Amp circuits (by others) will be needed to operate the amplifiers. The system was completed on time and under budget.