Installation company Boulevard Pro (Oradell, NJ) was called in to design the audio system for the new amphitheatre. John Biale, Senior Project Coordinator, for the Bergen County Parks Department, explains that, “with the installation of a 58’ wide professional stage, we wanted a firm that could fulfill our requirements for a top-of-the-line sound system. Boulevard met our expectations, and the NEXO system sounds incredible.”
“Throughout the design process, it became clear that this was not going to be your normal band shell in a county park,” states James Cioffi, co-owner of Boulevard Pro. “We wanted to design a system that could handle normal community concerts and be ready for national acts. Given the venue requirements and the wide area to be covered, the NEXO GEO S12 line array system was our first choice and the perfect fit.”
In addition to the 8x GEO S12 cabinets, Boulevard installed NEXO NX4x4 amps and 2x NEXO RS15 subs. “The NX4x4 amp rig is high horse power with high-definition audio response, and is rider and rental friendly,” says Cioffi. Because of the design of the stage columns, the line array system is discretely installed in enclosed columns behind custom stainless steel screens. John Orth, Boulevard Pro senior installation project manager, designed and built the custom stainless steel system rigging kit.
The audio control room on stage right features a Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixer expanded to 24 inputs in a floor-standing audio rack. The complete system can be controlled via cat5e from the stage or front of house. The system is also 5.1 surround-ready for community events such as film presentations.
This new audio system has been in use since the amphitheatre’s grand opening on July 4th weekend. In late September, Overpeck Park hosted its first free county concert featuring South Side Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, with 7,000 standing room only-fans in attendance. “The NEXO rig was up to the task. The system is flexible, easy to use, and sounds fantastic,” says Cioffi. “When we were brought in to the bid design process, we had a dream of building a state-of-the-art outdoor performance space within the budget allowed, and I’m proud to say that is exactly what happened.”
For more information on Overpeck Park, visit www. http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/bcparks/PrOverpeck.aspx.
For more information on Boulevard Pro, visit www.blvd.com.