McKinney Performing Arts Center – Overview of Systems

The main performance theater at MPAC seats approximately 420 people between a main floor and a u-shaped balcony. The stage is approximately 24′ x 16′ (wider and deeper at parts due to its shape) with about 12′ in front of the proscenium.

The main PA is housed in a stereo cluster above the stage, above acoustically transparent fabric. The horns, unfortunately, are aimed a little low and catch the front apron of the stage; therefore, it is recommended that all mics be positioned at least four feet from the front edge of the stage. The PA is comprised of JBL speakers with QSC amplifiers and can generate about 104 dB SPL at the FOH mix position. There is also a separate pair of 18″ subwoofers also hung in the ceiling. There is also a pair of JBL EON powered speakers mounted on the rear-most lighting truss to act as a delay system for the balcony. There are also a set of front-fill speakers (on a delay) for the outermost edges of the stage. The signal for these front fills is also present in the green rooms and bathrooms.

In addition to the main PA, there are four amplifier channels dedicated to passive floor wedge monitors. The cables feeding signal to the speakers come in from the side of the stage allowing flexible positioning of the monitors. Power can also be brought in from the sides or rear of the stage for on-stage equipment as needed.

The FOH console is a Behringer X32. It is connected to a Behringer S32 in the amplifier room (behind the stage). There are three snake heads on the stage that connect to the S32 over analog XLR (12 on both sides of the stage and 8 inputs in the center of the stage). There are eight unused outputs on the S32 for connecting additional equipment, should it be necessary (in-ear monitors, recording equipment, etc.).

In addition to the X32 there is also a CD player and an 1/8″ stereo connection at the FOH position. The venue has a total of eight Shure ULX-series wireless receivers and matching handheld microphones with SM87 capsules. While fine for speech, these are not recommended for musical vocals.

The facility has a limited mic kit, consisting of the 8 wireless Shure mics noted above, three SM58 vocal mics, three AKG C3000B large diaphragm condensers (work great for micing acoustics and pianos), a handful of AKG pencil condensers (good for orchestral strings), and a couple Countryman DIs. The facility does have a limited supply of mic stands and cables. For more than very basic shows, it is recommended to provide or rent a mic kit that matches the requirements of the event.

There is also a video projector and drop-down screen in the venue with a VGA connection at the FOH position. The FOH position sits immediately in front of the lighting console. Because of this, it is impractical to have the same person operate both if any complexity in operation is required.

Alternate PA
The venue does support the use of alternate PA systems when necessary. A local church uses the theater for their regular Sunday services and have installed an alternate QSC powered speaker system mounted on the middle lighting truss. This PA is not connected to the house mixer (the church brings in their own FOH mixing console and snake) and is not available for use with events.

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Behringer X32 Digital Mixing Console

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Wireless Microphones in the Theater

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