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Philharmonic Center For The Arts - Naples, Florida

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Opened in 1989, "The Phil" was born out of the vision of Myra Janco Daniels, a 40-plus-year advertising mogul, educator, innovator and renowned supporter of the arts.

The 99,000 square-foot facility features both performing and visual arts in a single complex, offering four museum-quality art galleries, as well as the 1,400-seat Frances Pew Hayes Hall and the smaller 200-seat Myra J. Daniels Pavilion "black box" theater.

Over the years the center has established itself as one of Florida's great homes for the arts, but time also showed that the original sound system installed in Hayes Hall did not meet all of the venue's diverse needs.

Resolution of the problem arrived in 2004, in the form of a new system based on Meyer Sound's MILO high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers.

The hall was originally intended as an acoustic venue, specifically for the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, which has been very successful, and has a huge following. But Daniels recognized early on that there was significant demand for a broad range of entertainment in the Naples area, and that the hall would ultimately benefit from a more multipurpose design that would incorporate amplified performances as well. Hence the plans were adapted mid-construction to include sound reinforcement. It proved a wise decision, indeed: in addition to orchestra concerts, the main venue hosts several hundred individual events throughout the year, running the gamut from jazz and pop to musicals, comedy and spoken word.

Though the venue's original sound system was adequate, it didn't meet the requirements of many guest performers. Touring acts coming in often insisted on bringing their own systems. Not only was this costly for the center, but the systems were not effectively matched to the room. The theatre is a very intimate, but exceptionally wide room, and it was difficult to get full coverage throughout. People sitting right in the front were getting blasted out, while people on the sides weren't hearing anything. As for the people sitting in the upper boxes — some of the center's major supporters — they'd frequently have speakers hung right in front of their sightlines, and, to add insult to injury, they weren't getting good audio from them.
As the need for a new system became clear, Naomi Buck, the center's Vice President of Production and Programming, turned to Dallas-based Acoustic Dimensions for the system redesign. "It immediately became clear that the existing system had poor sound coverage," recalls Craig Janssen, principal consultant at Acoustic Dimensions. "Sound wasn't getting to a lot of the places it should, while there was significant overlap in other areas. It's a very wide room with high ceilings, and doesn't lend itself well to typical touring boxes."

After evaluating a number of line array options, Janssen zeroed in on Meyer Sound's MILO loudspeaker. "The MILO system really got our attention," Janssen reports. "It has what I would describe as a very warm and forgiving sound, which is friendly to a variety of mixing and musical styles."

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