Creating the Perfect Sound Infrastructure to Tie into the Pier

The Performance Lawns at Navy Pier's Polk Bros Park

Creating the Perfect Sound Infrastructure to Tie into the Pier

The Performance Lawns at Navy Pier's Polk Bros Park

Creating the Perfect Sound Infrastructure to Tie into the Pier

The Performance Lawns at Navy Pier's Polk Bros Park

Creating the Perfect Sound Infrastructure to Tie into the Pier

The Performance Lawns at Navy Pier's Polk Bros Park

Grand
Opening

On July 15, 2017, the historic Navy Pier celebrated its 101st birthday by debuting the newly completed Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns. Set between Chicago’s stunning lakefront and iconic skyline, the backdrops behind the lawns’ two performance stages, the Lake Stage and the City Stage, offer unparalleled views.

To accommodate the Pier’s new and comprehensive arts and culture plan, the stages needed to feature state-of-the-art sound and lighting. With a system design in place from the A/V design consultants at Threshold Acoustics, Navy Pier asked OSA to install the systems. Having produced several live events at the Pier, the team at OSA was already familiar with the space and the local in-house crew at Navy Pier.

Set in one of the most densest RF cities in the US, the venue faced RF challenges. The team elected to install a Shure ULX-D Digital Wireless System, which offers networked control and reliability so that the Polk Bros A/V crew would be able to coordinate with the many other venues within the Pier competing for wireless spectrum space, without disrupting the wireless environment already in place.

The Pier chose to utilize Harman Professional Solutions product lines to better integrate with existing BSS systems in other areas of Navy Pier. Adding in an additional BSS signal processor with Dante dedicated to the Polk Bros Performance Lawns enabled the Pier to tie into the existing system to play venue-wide announcements or background music when the stages are not in use.

The Polk Bros Performance Lawns at Navy Pier now have the sound system in place to host an array of live events, as well as the perfect infrastructure for a professional staging company to expand the system for a premiere event. And, upon completion of the project, Navy Pier had one additional request: OSA was tasked with installing an LED wall for the Pier, which could act as a backdrop for concerts or be utilized to show movies.

Creating the Perfect Sound Infrastructure to Tie into the Pier

The Performance Lawns at Navy Pier's Polk Bros Park

Grand Opening

On July 15, 2017, the historic Navy Pier celebrated its 101st birthday by debuting the newly completed Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns. Set between Chicago’s stunning lakefront and iconic skyline, the backdrops behind the lawns’ two performance stages, the Lake Stage and the City Stage, offer unparalleled views.

To accommodate the Pier’s new and comprehensive arts and culture plan, the stages needed to feature state-of-the-art sound and lighting. With a system design in place from the A/V design consultants at Threshold Acoustics, Navy Pier asked OSA to install the systems. Having produced several live events at the Pier, the team at OSA was already familiar with the space and the local in-house crew at Navy Pier.

Set in one of the most densest RF cities in the US, the venue faced RF challenges. The team elected to install a Shure ULX-D Digital Wireless System, which offers networked control and reliability so that the Polk Bros A/V crew would be able to coordinate with the many other venues within the Pier competing for wireless spectrum space, without disrupting the wireless environment already in place.

The Pier chose to utilize Harman Professional Solutions product lines to better integrate with existing BSS systems in other areas of Navy Pier. Adding in an additional BSS signal processor with Dante dedicated to the Polk Bros Performance Lawns enabled the Pier to tie into the existing system to play venue-wide announcements or background music when the stages are not in use.

The Polk Bros Performance Lawns at Navy Pier now have the sound system in place to host an array of live events, as well as the perfect infrastructure for a professional staging company to expand the system for a premiere event. And, upon completion of the project, Navy Pier had one additional request: OSA was tasked with installing an LED wall for the Pier, which could act as a backdrop for concerts or be utilized to show movies.

Creating the Perfect Sound Infrastructure to Tie into the Pier

The Performance Lawns at Navy Pier's Polk Bros Park

Grand
Opening

On July 15, 2017, the historic Navy Pier celebrated its 101st birthday by debuting the newly completed Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns. Set between Chicago’s stunning lakefront and iconic skyline, the backdrops behind the lawns’ two performance stages, the Lake Stage and the City Stage, offer unparalleled views.

To accommodate the Pier’s new and comprehensive arts and culture plan, the stages needed to feature state-of-the-art sound and lighting. With a system design in place from the A/V design consultants at Threshold Acoustics, Navy Pier asked OSA to install the systems. Having produced several live events at the Pier, the team at OSA was already familiar with the space and the local in-house crew at Navy Pier.

Set in one of the most densest RF cities in the US, the venue faced RF challenges. The team elected to install a Shure ULX-D Digital Wireless System, which offers networked control and reliability so that the Polk Bros A/V crew would be able to coordinate with the many other venues within the Pier competing for wireless spectrum space, without disrupting the wireless environment already in place.

The Pier chose to utilize Harman Professional Solutions product lines to better integrate with existing BSS systems in other areas of Navy Pier. Adding in an additional BSS signal processor with Dante dedicated to the Polk Bros Performance Lawns enabled the Pier to tie into the existing system to play venue-wide announcements or background music when the stages are not in use.

The Polk Bros Performance Lawns at Navy Pier now have the sound system in place to host an array of live events, as well as the perfect infrastructure for a professional staging company to expand the system for a premiere event. And, upon completion of the project, Navy Pier had one additional request: OSA was tasked with installing an LED wall for the Pier, which could act as a backdrop for concerts or be utilized to show movies.

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Digital Mixing Consoles & System Design

 Two Soundcraft Vi3000 Digital Live Sound Consoles were deployed — one at front of house and the other for the monitor mix position

 BSS audio processing system containing a Soundweb London BLU-806 processor with Dante/AES67 and BLUDIGITAL IN and OUT cards.

Fiber tie line from the Pier

Wireless Systems & Intercom

Shure ULX-D® Digital Wireless System

Shure microphones including Beta 58 handhelds, ULX-D beltpacks and additional vocal & instrument microphones

 Additional microphones by Sennheiser, DPA, Countryman and NTi Audio

 RF Coordination

 A Clear-Com Partyline Intercom System

Martin Audio Loudspeakers

Martin Audio Wavefront Precision line array, CDD-LIVE! and MLA Mini

Digital Mixing Consoles & System Design

 Two Soundcraft Vi3000 Digital Live Sound Consoles were deployed — one at front of house and the other for the monitor mix position

 BSS audio processing system containing a Soundweb London BLU-806 processor with Dante/AES67 and BLUDIGITAL IN and OUT cards.

Fiber tie line from the Pier

Wireless Systems & Intercom

Shure ULX-D® Digital Wireless System

Shure microphones including Beta 58 handhelds, ULX-D beltpacks and additional vocal & instrument microphones

 Additional microphones by Sennheiser, DPA, Countryman and NTi Audio

 RF Coordination

 A Clear-Com Partyline Intercom System

Martin Audio Loudspeakers

Martin Audio Wavefront Precision line array, CDD-LIVE! and MLA Mini

Digital Mixing Consoles & System Design

 Two Soundcraft Vi3000 Digital Live Sound Consoles were deployed — one at front of house and the other for the monitor mix position

 BSS audio processing system containing a Soundweb London BLU-806 processor with Dante/AES67 and BLUDIGITAL IN and OUT cards.

Fiber tie line from the Pier

Wireless Systems & Intercom

Shure ULX-D® Digital Wireless System

Shure microphones including Beta 58 handhelds, ULX-D beltpacks and additional vocal & instrument microphones

 Additional microphones by Sennheiser, DPA, Countryman and NTi Audio

 RF Coordination

 A Clear-Com Partyline Intercom System

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OSA Overcomes RF Challenges at Chicago’s Navy Pier with Shure ULX-D® Wireless

"By opting for the ULX-D wireless system, Gardner and the OSA team were provided with flawless audio through extremely efficient RF performance, networked control, reliability, and ease of installation, to name a few benefits."

Featured News

OSA Overcomes RF Challenges at Chicago’s Navy Pier with Shure ULX-D® Wireless

"By opting for the ULX-D wireless system, Gardner and the OSA team were provided with flawless audio through extremely efficient RF performance, networked control, reliability, and ease of installation, to name a few benefits."

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Helps Chicago's Navy Pier Deliver a Compelling Outdoor Music Experience

"Navy Pier wanted the system to be portable so that it could be taken down from the Lake Stage and moved to other locations like the City Stage on the other end of the lawns when necessary. One of the solutions OSA and Threshold came up with was to tie into the Pier's fiber-optic network and put the amplifiers in a central location, accessible from anywhere in the entire facility."

Featured News

HARMAN Professional Solutions Helps Chicago's Navy Pier Deliver a Compelling Outdoor Music Experience

"Navy Pier wanted the system to be portable so that it could be taken down from the Lake Stage and moved to other locations like the City Stage on the other end of the lawns when necessary. One of the solutions OSA and Threshold came up with was to tie into the Pier's fiber-optic network and put the amplifiers in a central location, accessible from anywhere in the entire facility."
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