New York City rooftop concert venue opens with EAW Adaptive

The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) recently brought in SIA Acoustics to install an Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) Adaptive sound reinforcement system for a new rooftop venue located in the South Street Seaport district called Pier 17.

It offers dining, retail and entertainment options along with a large 1.5-acre rooftop concert space that can hold 3,400 for its standing general admission shows, or 2,400 seated, with the Brooklyn Bridge as the stage’s backdrop.

SIA Acoustics worked closely with Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based Anderson Audio and TMG Systems, who teamed up for installation of the system. Left-right Anya arrays were hung in single columns of 12 Anya modules, approximately 35 feet from the ground, along with 24 Otto subwoofers laid out in pairs, to blanket the rooftop.

The venue opened on 4 July, 2018, with Carrie Underwood headlining the Spotify Hot Country Live Event. The season lineup includes Amy Schumer, Diana Ross, 88 Degrees, Ziggy Marley, Sting & Shaggy and more. 

Anderson Audio Chris Anderson said:  “In my opinion, there isn’t another system out there that could do this. Each Anya enclosure has 22 channels of digital signal processing and amplification driving 22 transducers. Multiply that by 12 modules in each array, and you have the control to really dial it in, so it delivers exactly what is needed, where it is needed.

SIA Acoustics Sam Berkow added: “We found that EAW’s Adaptive Anya loudspeakers and Otto subwoofers were the combination that would help dramatically control coverage of sound, provide an impactful and tonally balanced sound to the audience, and be acceptable to most touring bands. So far everyone is in complete agreement.”