Posted in music | venues on May 18, 2010

Yogi Bear and the three stooges

A new $250,000 sound system for Central Park's SummerStage concert series this year is giving back some peace and quiet to its Fifth Avenue neighbors.

The 2010 season of the free concert series at Rumsey Playfield, between East 69th and East 70th Streets, in the park will feature a new targeted sound system designed to rock for concert-goers, but leave residents undisturbed.

"We heard from some people that during the concerts, the noise was disturbing their peace and quiet, so we worked with SummerStage and the City Parks Foundation to address the issue," City Councilman Dan Garodnick said.

The new Line-Array System pinpoints sound more directly towards the audience and minimizes the ambient sound that spilled over into the neighborhood, said David Rivel, executive director of the City Parks Foundation. [DNAInfo]

This year's Summerstage schedule is HERE. Unrelated Yogi the Bear PSA below...

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Comments (13)

i hope this doesn't mean it's even quieter as I've always found it less than a thrilling show there. Arcade Fire there 5 years ago was a perfect example of a show that should have been loud but it looked like they were lip syncing

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 3:23 PM

wonder if this means it'll be harder to hear the tunes if you're sitting outstide of the park behind the bleachers...

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 3:24 PM

god forbid the upper east side have to deal with music that runs until an ungodly 9 PM on a saturday

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 3:28 PM

Anon 3:24, thanks, that's my question too. Would be a shame if you could no longer hear the music well in the nice wooded area behind the venue. It's a good place to listen if it's too crowded inside.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 3:55 PM

Only Dinosaur Jr show I've ever been to where I took the earplugs out.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 4:21 PM

yeah, this isn't a good sign. i was never as upset at some about the volume at summerstage, but it no doubt was on the quieter end of things.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 4:23 PM

This is bullsh*t.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 4:23 PM

are those d+b cabs? i talked to a soundman there a couple of years ago. he told me they cannot go above 95db. they have a sound meter to make sure that does not happen.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 4:26 PM

crap, I hope this means I can still hear shows from that rock I sit on all the time instead of paying to see those shows...that was the plan for Pavement

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 4:29 PM

actually there aren't going to be speakers. ticket holders get an iphone app and listen on earbuds

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 4:42 PM

Boo, does this mean no more sitting in the park outside and taking in a free show?

Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2010 9:12 AM

makes sense... lower volume = higher ticket prices....bullshit

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 10:06 AM

I hope this means I can still hear shows from that rock I sit on all the time instead of paying to see those shows...that was the plan for Pavement

Posted by garlic breath | February 10, 2011 5:05 AM

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