If you’ve been to one of the 20-plus shows at the Summit Music Hall since early October, you’ve likely noticed a difference in the sound. Is it louder? Clearer? Are there fewer discrepancies while walking through the venue?
Well, all three should be true now that the venue has installed a brand new Outline GTO C-12-based line source sound system, according to Soda Jerk Presents’ owner Michael Barsch.
Long in need of a new sound system since Soda Jerk Presents purchased the venue in 2010, The Summit Music Hall was fitted with technology dating back to the early ’90s before the update in October, Barsch said.
“The old system was what they would call a pointed box and it’s no different from what your stereo is in your house,” Barsch said. “The sound goes straight out.”
The new rig is what is called a line array, which is the type of sound system found in the Ogden Theatre or Fillmore Auditorium. These line arrays disperse sound on a vertical and horizontal plane, according to Barsch.
“It was really just a personal decision on my part,” Barsch said on his decision to install a new sound system. “As a venue we strive to become better and better. It took us a while to save up our nickels and pay for it and bring it in.”
And fans have already begun to take notice of the improved sound in the room, Barsch said.
“There were some Facebook posts that I saw, where someone said ‘I’ve been to that venue before and never heard it sound so clear or so good,'” Barsch said. “That was kind of their unadulterated response and that for me was kind of the big payoff they had no idea but could tell.”
Bands are also excited to play on the Outline sound system, which is the only rig from the Italian company in the Rocky Mountain Regioin, according to Barsch.
“The metal bands come in here and they really want to push it,” Barsch said. “We had GWAR in here and they were like, ‘this thing is incredible.’ It’s so clear and so precise, it can almost be running louder than the old PA, but there’s warmness that makes it almost sound not as loud.”
See photos of GWAR at the Summit Music Hall on Halloween below: