Norway Oslo Opera House frequently hosts events that need sound reinforcement - and it needs a loudspeaker system that's up to the task. To deliver the best possible listening experience for discerning audiences, the venue has installed a flexible solution from d&b audiotechnik.
With regard to acoustic excellence, buildings don't come much more impressive than the Oslo Opera House, home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. The acoustics at this stunning, waterside building are so good that no amplification at all is required for opera performances. Here, the design is literally all about sound, from the interior spaces and the shapes of the walls and stage, to the materials used for construction.
Although the acoustics at the opera house are world class, there are plenty of occasions when a loudspeaker system is needed. Often, recorded music is used in ballet productions, and the venue also hosts frequent rock and pop concerts. For these types of events, the opera house needs an audio solution that provides an excellent, and highly consistent, experience for members of the audience - wherever they are seated.
When it came to choosing a system, the audio team drew up a wish list. Gerhard Hertzberg, head of sound at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, says, "We didn't just want a system that could deliver consistently excellent sound for our productions. We also wanted to be able to rig and unrig it quickly in multiple configurations to support different types of events, from ballet productions to rock concerts."
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UK - PLASA members enjoyed a unique opportunity to take part in an informative and fun day backstage at the recently refurbished Sadler's Wells theatre last week.
The venue - one of the most respected and important receiving and co-producing dance houses in the world - recently underwent a major refurbishment, as detailed in the June 2015 issue of LSi.
Emma Wilson and Christian Wallace from Sadler's Wells, plus the specialist teams from Stage Electrics, Stage Technologies, Carr and Angier and GDS led the tours from the impressive auditorium up to the dizzying heights of the grid and flying system. Members then reconvened for a lively networking lunch before taking the opportunity to further explore areas of specific interest. The busy and insightful day finished with tea and cake.
Look out for details of the next PLASA Backstage Tour, which will be held at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon on 24th May.
USA - With the start of the spring semester at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Connecticut, students in the University's theatre, music, and visual arts programmes are settling into their new Fine Arts Instructional Centre.
A collaboration between Theatre Projects, design architect William Rawn Associates, executive architect The S/L/A/M Collaborative, and acoustician Kirkegaard Associates, the 118,000sq.ft arts centre features a 400-seat concert hall, 250-seat courtyard theatre, and a 120-seat studio theatre, as well as support spaces including rehearsal rooms, scene and costume shops, dressing rooms, and a green room.
"Theatre Projects and William Rawn have a long history of successful collaborations," Scott Crossfield, Theatre Projects' theatre designer, said. "We're excited to add ECSU's beautiful new arts centre to that list and we look forward to many more."
The $62m facility gives the university the ability to nurture artists-in-training with versatile facilities tailored to a diverse cross section of specializations. Not only can ECSU now provide an environment catered to comprehensive arts education, they can also boast an elegant building to invite the student body and public inside to experience the work of students and outside performers in professional surroundings.
Designed to accommodate the entire Department of Performing and Visual Arts, Theatre Projects and the design team planned the building to allow the diverse group of arts students shared access to the support spaces. Aside from being both a streamlined and
USA - Originally constructed in the late 1960s, the Abilene Civic Centre is a spacious, multi-purpose venue with a live performance theatre, an exhibit hall and a large conference centre that can be subdivided to accommodate as many as four simultaneous events.
In part because of its age, the conference centre's audio system did not meet the voice intelligibility or audio quality expectations of its many banquets, meetings, press conferences and other events, especially those that involved modern presentations or musical performances. Thus, in 2015, the city decided to upgrade the audio system. And, they wanted a system that would provide both highly intelligible voice reinforcement and high-quality music production.
The city contacted Jerrold Stevens, of consulting firm Marsh PMK, who designed a highly flexible system with wireless iPad setup and control. Simple events can be configured for hands-off operation with one or two Sennheiser wireless microphones or meeting planners can request one of four Yamaha digital mixers for events with musical or dramatic performances.
Auto-mixing, signal processing and control are provided by a BSS London DSP with iPad interface and the system includes 78 Community D Series model D8 two-way coaxial ceiling loudspeakers powered by Lab Gruppen amplifiers. Consultant Stevens commented that he included the D8s as an alternative in his specification for their true coaxial design, high sensitivity and wide coverage.
Electro-Acoustics, Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, installed the conference centre's new audio system. Sales m
UK - Following a competitive tender, Adlib was recently appointed by Glasgow City Council to supply a new loudspeaker system to the Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra's new home, the RSNO centre.
The impressive new venue forms part of the Royal Concert Hall complex in the heart of Glasgow's vibrant city centre.
The new auditorium was developed by the Council's in-house design team led by architect Kerr Robertson. It is adjacent to the main Concert Hall (home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra) which opened in 1990 as part of the city's year as European Capital of Culture.
The overall complex features a 600-seater auditorium, a rehearsal space and learning centre, a recital hall and performance space that will be also used for classical and choral recording as well as for folk and other amplified music events.
Following a detailed site survey and subsequent acoustic modelling of the new room, Adlib proposed the introduction of an L-Acoustics Kiva system complimented by SB15m and SB18i low-end speakers, with additional L-Acoustics XT Series speakers as in-fills where additional sound coverage was required. On appointment, Adlib liaised with the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's in-house technical managers and also with ARUP.
The space is flexible with automated retractable seating, so the Kiva was chosen as an elegant, very lightweight modular line source solution offering great acoustic performance, intricate clarity and rich detail. Another benefit of using Kiva is that it can also have inter-cabinet angles altered to suit current and fut
Sweden - When the technical managers for the concert hall at the new build Malm
USA - Five dedicated families founded Stony Point Reformed Presbyterian Church in the Bon Air suburb of Richmond, Virginia in 1969. A big part of its steady growth and support has been its strong commitment to motivating and punctuating services with music in an ever-changing variety of contemporary and classical styles.
In short, music is a big deal at Stony Point. Different bands play each week with a lot of reliance on the congregation's many musically talented individuals. When the church built a new 500-seat sanctuary, everyone wanted a new sound reinforcement system that could help elevate the impact and emotion of its services. In consultation with the Richmond-based AV integration firm RTW Media, Stony Point installed a robust LCR system composed of Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and DSP-enabled amplifiers.
"Despite all the incredible musical talent at Stony Point, the old sanctuary had less-than-ideal sound reinforcement in a challenging acoustical environment," explained Ross Milby, who has volunteered as Stony Point's FOH engineer for over a decade. Milby worked with RTW Media on the design and installation of Stony Point's new sound reinforcement system. "RTW's Logan Hinnant, who interfaced with the church and architect, was incredibly helpful in navigating us through the design process." The experience was so great for both parties that Milby joined RTW Media's team as a regional accounts manager.
"Not only did we need excellent sound reinforcement for our music, but we also needed it for clarity of spoken word," Milby continued.
USA - The Observatory North Park in San Diego has quickly gained recognition for both the eclectic assortment of well-known and up-and-coming bands that it hosts as well as the quality of their sound reinforcement. The new Adamson S10 line array system was recently designed and installed by Sound Image, located in nearby Escondido, CA.
The Observatory North Park is located in a building that opened as a movie theatre in 1929 and has continued to be an entertainment venue since then. The current owners took over the 1200-capacity space in 2015.
"The previous owners had a similar idea with the room but failed," explains Garrett Wysocki, audio manager at The Observatory. "The sound system they had in here was seriously under powered. Customers and bands were constantly complaining. One of the first things we did was start checking out reputable systems that would provide the quality and coverage the bands and customers demand."
One of the people Wysocki reached out to was Jesse Adamson, director of business development at nearby Sound Image. Sound Image ultimately demonstrated two systems at The Observatory, one of which was the new S10 line array from Adamson.
"I wanted quality and coverage," he explains. "When I heard the S10 I knew we had the solution. The sound was amazing and the coverage is incredible. There is not a bad seat in the house."
Sound Image and the Adamson support team worked with Wysocki and Ryan Blank, The Observatory operations manager, to put together a system that would be flexible enough to handle the variety of music genres p
UK - Middlesex University in London boasts a strong performing arts department and was eager to upgrade both its Ravensfield Theatre and Dance Studio space. Whilst state-of-the-art equipment was a necessity, so was the need to be environmentally-friendly, with the university determined to be as green as possible and change their previous lighting equipment to LED only. As a result, they approached White Light to purchase the perfect set-up.
Bruce Allen is technical production manager at Middlesex University and oversaw the upgrade of both spaces. He comments, "As this was quite a significant investment, we needed to ensure that the equipment we purchased not only fulfilled our immediate aims but would also be sustainable for the long-term.
"The main priority of the upgrade was to ensure that all of the equipment purchased was as environmentally-friendly as possible. We are currently in the second phase of moving the majority of the University's lighting over to LED. We have noticed that the industry has shifted towards a greater use of LED technology in recent years. As we want the spaces at Middlesex to reflect the highest of industry standards, it was important that our lighting set-up played a part in this."
Bruce and the team from the School of Performing Arts met with Jonathan Haynes, WL's business development manager, to discuss their requirements and what equipment would be available to them. Jonathan states, "WL has a strong track record of providing energy efficient lighting systems, and the rapid advances in LED technology have meant that it has
UK - The Theatres Trust reports that five small theatres in London will benefit from the first round of its new London Theatres Small Grants Scheme, made possible through a donation from the Mackintosh Foundation.
The five successful projects are:
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) in Wandsworth is awarded £5,000 to replace their temporary wheelchair ramp leading to the café / bar and first floor performance space with a new permanent ramp. This improves access to BAC and contributes to the major Haworth Tompkins-led BAC capital redevelopment and restoration project.
Bush Theatre in Hammersmith & Fulham is awarded £5,000 to repair the pitched roofs and dormer windows of their former Old Library building. These repairs help to maintain the condition of this locally listed theatre's façade.
The Cockpit in Camden is awarded £5,000 to repair their leaky flat roof which sits over the theatre's dressing rooms. This improves backstage conditions for performers and theatre staff and keeps costumes and equipment safe.
New Diorama Theatre in Camden is awarded £5,000 to install a converted storage container in their back yard to provide much needed space for their outreach programme and an accessible office space.
SPID Theatre in Kensington and Chelsea is awarded £5,000 to carry out urgent works to replace doors, and install disabled ramps and double glazing windows in their Grade II* building.
Cameron Mackintosh said, "It's an honour for the Mackintosh Foundation to be the first donor to the London Small Theatres Grants
USA - Home to the Washburn University Ichabods men's and women's basketball teams, and women's volleyball team, Lee Arena is a 4150-seat indoor sports venue that draws some of the largest crowds in NCAA Division II. Lee Arena was the first in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association to have a video scoreboard and a digital scorer's table and, in 2015, it received a new, high-performance audio system.
Sound Products, Inc. of Topeka, KS provided the new audio system. The company had upgraded Lee Arena's audio in 2001 and the university told them, "Now, we'd like you to take us up to the big time!" Lee Arena hosts graduations and other non-sporting events along with its basketball and volleyball games and it can be set up with a stage in the arena's centre or at end court. To support this wide variety of configurations, Sound Products' Monty Ehrlich chose a distributed system design for the arena using Community's I Series loudspeakers.
Ehrlich used an Ashly Protea DSP to implement push-button presets for each of the arena's different configurations. Each preset adjusts the delay and level on different loudspeaker zones to optimize the system for a particular event type. He added Community D5 ceiling loudspeakers in the Ichabod Room which is used for victory celebrations and press conferences. The system is powered by a combination of Ashly and Crown amplifiers and includes a Roland digital mixer which also has presets (known as "scenes") for different event types.
Shure announce microphones are used in the sound booth for volle
Finland - International theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan, has recently completed a major reseating project for the Finnish National Opera House in Helsinki. The original seats were installed in 1993 when the opera building was completed. After meetings with the Opera and inspection of the auditorium, Theatreplan's Neil Morton recommended a full reseating rather than refurbishment.
The ergonomics of the original seat were designed for a relaxed seating position with a seat height lower than normal for theatre seats. This resulted in the sightlines from the seats at the front of each of the three tiers being less than ideal. Furthermore, after more than two decades' service many of the seats were beginning to show signs of wear and tear; the foam on many of seat pans had collapsed and several of the components were loose including the frames so that the seats were no longer rigid.
Theatreplan was thus appointed to recommend minor changes to the boxes and side levels to improve sightlines from the tiers as well as preparing documentation for the seating tender. "It was quite a sensitive and labour-intensive project as there were many criteria to be met," recalled Morton. The seat specifications were for a seat that was similar in character and materials palette to the existing seats, but where the ergonomics were adjusted to make the seat more upright the higher it was located in the auditorium in order to improve sightlines. Reseating the auditorium also provided the opportunity to see where additional seats could be gained.
The design also
UK - Award-winning acoustics and theatre consultants, Sound Space Design and Anne Minors Performance Consultants have combined to form Sound Space Vision. The move formalises their long-standing working relationship and will continue to build on their success in performance, education and assembly spaces, as well as broadening their reach within the built environment.
Sound Space Vision enhances the rapport between performers and audiences, combining excellent spatial and technical design by AMPC with superb acoustics from SSD. Popular with audiences and operators, their performance environments are held in high esteem by artists. The creative, dynamic team includes specialists in acoustics, lighting, sound, stage engineering and audio-visual design to provide a complete acoustics and theatre consultancy service that touches all the senses.
Anne Minors Performance Consultants was founded in 1996, and Bob Essert established Sound Space Design in 2002. Together the companies have delivered over 100 performing arts spaces.
AMPC were performance consultants for The Royal Opera House redevelopment, Barbican Theatre BITE Festival, Wigmore Hall, Roundhouse, BT Centre and Godolphin and Latymer School in London. Zorlu Cultural Centre, Istanbul and Palace of Peace Opera House in Astana, Kazakhstan. Theatres include Hull Truck, The Egg, Bath Theatre Royal, E15 Acting School, Princess Royal Performing Arts Centre and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.
SSD were design acousticians on La Maison Symphonique in Montreal, Toronto Four Seasons Opera House, Dallas Winspear Oper
UK - TG Baker (Sound) has carried out a complete overhaul of the PA system at New York Stadium in Yorkshire, home of Rotherham United FC (aka 'The Millers'), using a Harman stadium sound solution comprising of JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplification. Although the stadium has only been open since the start of the 2012-13 season, various shortcomings with the sound system were identified which had led to complaints in relation to the system's overall quality and intelligibility.
A new tender document was drawn up and TG Baker (Sound) bid successfully. Director, Jason Longworth explained, "We conducted a complete system health-check, following which we were then contracted to replace the entire control system with four separate networked rack positions, using a dual redundant copper backbone, together with the upgrade and replacement of all of the main bowl and concourse loudspeakers."
The installation of 34 JBL AWC (All Weather Compact) 159s, driven at 100V line by a combination of Crown DCi-N 4 x 1250 and 4 x 600W network amplifiers, ensured even coverage across each of the four all-seater stands which make up the 12,000-capacity arena.
JBL's AWC series has provided a regular 'go to' solution for the integrators at TG Baker Sound since their launch. These compact, coaxial weather-resistant full-range loudspeaker systems with 15" LF have proven ideal for speech and music time and time again. "The AWCs give us consistent 90° x 90° broadband pattern control with great speech clarify and an extended frequency response for music which
Singapore - A Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system has been installed in the upgraded school auditorium of The Singapore American School (SAS), fixing a sound issue that was preventing performers from hearing each other clearly. The system now gives students the opportunity to learn about active acoustics technology first hand, while also providing a customizable sound experience for community productions.
"As a school, we have a bold vision to be a world leader in education, cultivating exceptional thinkers, prepared for the future," says Dr. Chip Kimball, superintendent of SAS. "Constellation allows us to be that world leader; it truly is the epitome of excellence. Our students and our staff are tremendous performers and talented individuals, and they work very hard to perfect their craft. The acoustic system shines light on their art. This auditorium is a special place; these kids are going to do amazing things in their lives."
SAS students who study stage lighting, sound, video, and stage technical systems will now learn to apply calibrated sound settings to different types of performances, and study the principles behind processor sound sampling and optimizing reverberation. Students will develop ideas for live sound performances such as drama, musical theatre, speech, jazz, symphonic band, chamber orchestra, and choir.
"As much as you can operate lighting to get someone's attention on something, you can also change the focus of what they're hearing," explains Paul Koebnick, assistant theatre manager and teacher. "
USA - Emanuel Lutheran Church on Santa Barbara's Modoc Road, recently decided to upgrade its audio system, and asked Brian Thompson of TNR Electronics in Ojai, and Ed Simeone of Dedicated Marketing in Westlake Village (both in California), to provide the upgrade. They wanted improved voice intelligibility and music quality, flexible configurations for their various services and a "hands-off" user interface for most services with the option of operator control when needed.
Simeone chose Allen & Heath's Qu-Pac digital audio mixer to fill these needs. It offered the hands-off, automatic-mixer operation the church wanted and an iPad interface for operator control when needed. The rack-mount Qu-Pac could be hidden in the church's equipment closet and had ample DSP for everything from house equalization to reverb for the choir mics.
As part of the upgrade, Simeone added a pair of Tannoy VLS column loudspeakers and connected them to the Qu-Pac's main outputs. A Qu-Pac matrix output feeds the church's existing Bose loudspeakers (on delay) and another feeds their Listen Technologies' assistive listening system. Lab.gruppen amplifiers power the loudspeakers and the church has eight wireless microphones, six wired microphones, a Tascam CD recorder and a CD duplication system.
Simeone likes the Qu-Pac's three access levels which allow the church to make basic changes while preserving the core setups and he saved the entire Qu-Pac configuration on a memory stick. He commented: "The church achieved all of their goals from this upgrade and the Qu-Pac is now
Poland - Nearly 150 Philips Vari-Lite professional luminaires, including one of the latest additions to the product line the VL4000 Spot, have been installed into Torun's brand new multi-functional hub the Jordanki Culture and Congress Centre (or CKK Jordanki).
The 22,000-m2 building, designed by world-renowned Spanish architect Fernando Menis, is the culmination of an intense two-year building project that completed in December 2015. The venue is located in the city's Old Town and boasts a unique aesthetic with cutting-edge technical features.
Hired by Wroclaw-based construction company Intersystem, Philips Entertainment distributor for Poland PS TTeatr supplied and installed 144 Philips Vari-Lite moving heads into the venue's 880-seat concert hall and 300-seat chamber hall. Further Philips Entertainment lighting brands were also installed by PS Teatr, including 32 Philips Selecon PL3 luminaires and eight PLcyc2 luminaires and three Philips Showline SL NITRO 510 strobes.
"Even in the very early stages of the project, Philips Entertainment products were specified by the consultants and the venue's technical managers because of their world-class innovation and reliability," says project manager Pawe? Ziomecki of PS Teatr. "Moreover, as CKK Jordanki hosts a diverse programme of events with many revered musicians and artists, the venue required luminaires which any lighting designer would be delighted to find at their disposal. Philips Vari-Lite fit the bill perfectly."
The venue's modular structure and mobile ceilings mean it can be tran
UK - Tape London, situated just off Regent Street in London's Hanover Square, describes itself as, "an exclusive nightclub offering an elegant party experience for an elite, global crowd, attracting influential members of the music industry and music fans alike."
The venue, which opened in Autumn 2015, is a nightclub, recording studio and members lounge that aims to become the "home" of London's music industry. The nightclub offers an elegant and exclusive party experience, with sets from internationally renowned DJs attracting members of the music industry and music lovers. It is a unique, fresh and exciting new concept inspired by Grammy award winning producer Dallas Austin. The 250-capacity nightclub also has a full-sized stage for live performances.
The design brief for SSE Audio Group was to install a high quality audio system throughout the main bar and the private members bar that could accommodate both live performances and club nights. The club also has its own recording studio, which was seen as an integral part of the audio installation, with the capability to record artists from anywhere in the club including the studio itself. SSE Installations Director Emma Bigg took on the project for SSE.
SSE Audio opted to use DiGiGrid hardware and a SoundGrid network as the platform to distribute audio throughout the venue. DiGiGrid is a collaboration between plugin manufacturer Waves and console manufacturer, DiGiCo/Soundtracs. It enables high channel counts to be run over extremely long distances with ultra-low latency via simple Cat5e
Austria - One of Vienna's finest concert houses, the Konzerthaus, recently upgraded the public address system serving its Great Hall and Mozart Hall, selecting Meyer speakers and Allen & Heath's iDR installation matrix mixers.
Installed by ATEC Pro, the new system is designed specifically for voice reinforcement. The iDR DSP systems comprise an iDR-4 matrix mixer for the Great Hall, and an iDR-8 for the Mozart Hall, with a PL10 8-channel rotary panel for remote control, and a PL-8 logic box installed in the Mozart Hall for interfacing to external systems.
Control of the entire sound system is via the iDR-8 and additional PL10 controller, including management of a hand-held radio mic and CD players for playback. The system default is Stage Manager mode, enabling limited access and control of settings for simple use.
The iDR-4 and iDR-8 units can be switched in both rooms to Technician mode, enabling control of all the speakers which can be connected to a mobile PA System. The PL-8 in the Mozart Hall is set up to change the sound beam presets of the Meyer speaker system to switch between coverage of the whole room and only the balcony, which is used if a mobile PA is setup without delay speakers for the balcony. Similarly, in the Great Hall, coverage of the main room and balcony can be muted in Technician mode.
"We selected iDR because it is simple to use, and most of the time the system is used by the stage manager or other non-technical staff. Settings, such as EQ, volume range and compression, can be programmed in advance by the sound engineer,
USA - Located in Houston, Texas, the Alley Theatre is a nationally recognized performing arts company that creates a wide range of innovative productions. Recently undergoing a $46.5m renovation which included improvements to the Hubbard Theatre, associate director for design Kevin Rigdon was asked to also serve as the principal designer for the project.
Working with theatrical consultants Bill Connor & Associates as well as Philips Strand Lighting aauthorized dealer StageLight, Rigdon was tasked with creating a more intimate relationship between the audience and the actors on stage, and he did so using 68 Showline SL PAR 155 ZOOM LED luminaires.
"During the renovation, we actually changed the configuration of the theatre which created two zones of house lighting, said Rigdon. "We were committed to using LED lighting technology for the power consumption and heat advantages, but also because a lot of these fixtures would now be at heights that would make them inaccessible for changing bulbs. The fixtures had to have quality colour consistency, color rendering capabilities, plus a nice dimming curve and we found all of this using the Showline SL PAR 155 ZOOM LED luminaires."
He continued, "When we started looking at all the available LED house light options from various manufacturers, we did a traditional shoot-out at the theatre, but nothing really caught our attention on the first pass," continued Rigdon. "Afterwards, I brought over a Philips Selecon PLFRESNEL1 LED fixture from the University of Houston, and we loved its dimming
UK - Over the past couple of years the iconic Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, has undergone a major £14.5m refurbishment. This has included the building of a brand new smaller-scale venue, Music Room, on which Stage Electrics and Northern Light worked closely together to supply and fit out, as well as being major contractors for the 1700-capacity main auditorium.
The project was split into two phases. Phase one focused on the main Hall whose 1939 art-deco style architecture has earned it Grade II*- listed status.
It included works to the auditorium, all public, front of house spaces, and backstage dressing rooms and warm-up areas.
Phase two was a new-build project including Music Room, for which Stage Electrics supplied the lighting, sound and staging equipment. Located at the rear of the main Hall, Music Room is a 160-250 variable capacity space, designed to host a range of concerts and events which complement the programme in the main auditorium, as well as being a venue for Liverpool Philharmonic's extensive learning programme.
At the request of Gail Wroth, head of production at Liverpool Philharmonic, Stage Electrics' Rob Beamer visited the venue with a range of demonstration equipment including the latest technologies. This enabled the in-house production team to refine the original equipment specification, particular emphasis being placed on speed of set up, running cost and flexibility. The final specification then went to a three- part competitive tender, which included lighting fixtures, cons
UK - A scalable QSC Q-Sys digital audio network has been installed at London's Excel Exhibition Centre by experienced installation specialists Paul Todd and Eddie Thomas of SSE Audio. Based around a Core 1100 processor, the new QSC system replaces Excel's ageing background music system, and is used in conjunction with an existing Ateis voice alarm. All of the QSC equipment was provided by Shure Distribution UK.
Having struggled with the daily management of the previous system, Excel gave SSE a brief to create a fully redundant network with a bespoke, user-friendly graphical user interface. Q-Sys has been integrated into Excel's existing fibre network ring, and now distributes up to 256 x 256 digital audio channels from 18 racks, each with fibre network connectivity and full redundancy.
Excel is one of London's largest exhibition centres, offering a total of 100,000sq.m of usable space across 50 separate areas, all of which are now served by Q-Sys; up to 20 simultaneous events can now be controlled at once from two touch-screens in the operations room. In addition to its capacity to play background music, Q-Sys allows the organisers to make announcements to any of the halls. The highly adaptable system is complemented by flexible routing and, despite its complexity, remains simple to configure and easy to operate by the staff.
Thanks to Q-Sys's remote reporting options, which at Excel send alerts directly to the installers, SSE's engineers are kept abreast of how the system is operating. As Paul Todd explains, this makes upkeep of the system efficient: "
USA - When the time came for Cornerstone Church in San Antonio to go digital in its 4,700-seat sanctuary, there were three targets that had to be hit: Freedom for the ministers' and musicians' visions, financial responsibility for proper stewardship, and foundational planning for the future. With a church that ministers to 20,000 members locally and reaches every country on the planet, the genesis of where that ministering signal starts is crucial to the success of everything that follows.
Planning the renovation of the church's audio system covered a period of a year and a half and was completed in late summer with the installation of two new DiGiCo mixing consoles: the SD5 at FOH and the SD10 for monitors. These desks act as the hub of a new fibre-based signal transport system that has transformed the church's signal flow and vastly improved the sonic quality of both live and broadcast services.
"With the SD10/ME-1 combination we can give the musicians so much control over what they hear," notes Franco Herrejon, monitor engineer for Cornerstone. "It was like Christmas in August when we rolled this out; the musicians were in control of their mix, and that has allowed them a freedom they have never had here before. Also, Pastor Matt and the other singers can hear so much better. I can direct whatever they want to their in-ear mixes without compromising stage volume or risking feedback."
Poland - Specialist integrator, SLX has completed the design and installation of a state-of-the-art sound system for the new Tychy Municipal Stadium. Located in the city of Tychy, the 15,300 capacity venue is one of the finest sports facilities in the southern Polish region of Silesia.
Home to the football team GKS Tychy, the new stadium has been designed to meet the requirements of UEFA and FIFA and as a true multifunctional venue for concerts, cultural and artistic events, fairs and conferences. In addition to the main sports arena, with six commentary positions, the site comprises restaurants, conference rooms, two TV studios, VIP lounges and impressive amenities for players and athletes. The stadium not only creates a striking new landmark, but is intended to become a showcase for the city.
For the main arena sound system, SLX designed a system using 68 Community R Series R.5HP loudspeakers, deployed in pairs along the outer edge of the stadium's 360-degree canopy. Each pair of loudspeakers is arrayed to provide even coverage of the front and rear tiered seats. The high power three-way R.5HP offers high sensitivity and mid-range clarity with vocal projection and intelligibility maximised over distance. A further two Community R2-94 loudspeakers cover the playing field.
Loudspeaker performance is optimised by a Community dSPEC 226 DSP processor and the Community loudspeakers are driven by six Dynacord DSA 8410 4-channel amplifiers and a DSA 8405 amplifier. The whole system is operated on a Dynacord P64 audio matrix that connects all devices in an IRIS-Net