Sound system subpar
As a Palladium ‘country series’ subscriber from the start, the facility and the talent it attracts to Carmel is appreciated. But for these amplified concerts, the sound to me is not good. It’s faint and garbled in my area, and apparently loud and shrill in others. It’s like what you might expect in the lawn at an outdoor venue. One friend said it ‘sounds like I have a blanket over my head.’
Most attendees I talk with agree that the sound is not what one would expect for a concert. The house system is way too soft, I prefer when the artist uses their own equipment, too. The house amps are mostly near the ceiling, putting the sound way over our heads. Put some big amps on the ground! It’s disappointing that the system is not nearly as good as that at The Murat or Clowes Hall.
If the Palladium ever gets its sound on par with the rest of the experience, it will be a legendary concert facility. There was great sound for the acoustic symphony event which I attended, and some quiet moments in the country series are nice. But, as I purchase the next series, it is with the hope of much-needed improvement in the amplified sound equipment and audio consultants at the Palladium.