Historic Tybee Post Theater Renovates With K-array

The historic Tybee Post Theater, set in the heart of the historic district in Tybee Island, Georgia, was constructed in 1930 as a movie house for the soldiers stationed at the Army base. After closing in the mid 60s, the curtain was raised for the first time in 50 years in September 2015, reborn as a performing arts and movie venue for residents and visitors alike.

A flexible, user-friendly professional audio system was requested from audio visual consultants Michael Gaster + Associates to support a multitude of functions of the historic theater, capable of satisfying the needs of live theater, concerts and cinema. MG+A anticipated K-array’s solutions as a natural fit for the confined theater interior.

Because the facility also serves as a cinema, a 5.1 loudspeaker system was needed and designed to accommodate the sound pressure levels and gain before feedback requirements needed for live concerts and theater.

The main left and right arrays each consist of one KP102 Python and KP52 half-meter Python loudspeaker while the center array employs a KK102 Kobra and one KK52 half-meter Kobra loudspeaker. The surrounds are 2 wall-mounted, half-meter Kobras with a KMT18P passive 18-inch subwoofer each, configured as a cardioid sub array located underneath the front of the stage.

During installation, the client booked a concert performance without the expectation to have the new system installed in time but MG+A worked quickly to fly the speakers, set basic DSP parameters and test the acoustics so in the end, the client was able to utilize their new audio system.

“The size and weight of the speakers made it easy to get them flown and the system turned on and performance ready in very little time,” explains Michael Gaster, owner and sound designer at MG+A.

“From the delivery of the speaker system to the initial performance of the system, was approximately a day and a half. After the first show, another day was spent adjusting some angles on the flown main arrays as well as system tuning. And the clients were absolutely thrilled.”

“K-array products were chosen for their high quality audio, excellent coverage, and extremely low physical profile, which was perfect for the compact facility.”

Michael Gaster + Associates

K-array selected for historic museum upgrade

Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia has upgraded to a K-array Kobra loudspeaker system as part of an overhaul of the institution’s AV system, carried out by local AV consultants Michael Gaster + Associates (MG+A).

The museum first opened in the 1880s, going from a renovated family mansion into a cultural institution with three architecturally significant buildings. It also has a permanent collection of around 4,000 works of art from America and Europe, dating from the 18th to 21st centuries.

The brief for MG+A specified the speaker system needed to improve intelligibility in the reverberant gallery space and it also needed to have a minimal visual impact on the space.


K-array KK52 Kobra loudspeakers were chosen and paired with the KKS50 subwoofer due to the impressive size to output ratio. The Kobra, with its wide horizontal and relatively narrow vertical patterns, satisfied the coverage requirements of the space, while its slender and paintable physical characteristics (the speakers were customised to match the colour of the gallery walls) met the client’s unobtrusive requirements.

“It is a challenge to work in such a historic space,” said system designer Michael Gaster. “We discovered partway through the installation that the structure we were working on was constructed around the items we needed to uninstall. The museum carpenter had to be called in and brought up to date on the installation.

“The system is married well into the décor of the museum and its sound performance is very impressive.”

Tybee Okays Funds to Help Stock Theatre

The Tybee Island City Council on Thursday agreed to buy $110,000 worth of equipment for the newly reopened Tybee Post Theater. Council members awarded the $72,000 contract for audio/visual equipment, lighting and sound-absorbing wall panels to the sole bidder, Savannah-based Michael Gaster & Associates.

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