UK - McQueen in Shoreditch has been a feature of London’s club landscape for 10 years. Themed after the late American star Steve McQueen, the multiple award-winning venue has an overall capacity of 650, divided between two principal spaces and a 55-cover restaurant. Its strong reputation has been built on its ability to stage and attract high profile events, feature top DJs and deliver excellent hospitality.
Shoreditch continues to grow as one of the capital’s leisure industry hubs and entrepreneur Dezzi McCausland, head of design and concepts at McQueen, is aware of the need to take a progressive view in an evolving and highly competitive market. Recognising a trend towards increasingly multi-functional venues, McCausland took the decision to use the occasion of the club’s 10th anniversary to re-launch McQueen - updated, upgraded and able to deliver a wider spectrum of entertainment.
The core values of popular club nights and excellent hospitality would remain in place, supplemented by more live music, a modern American pool lounge and casino tables. Essential to the design was audio provision that could deliver all the power and quality required in a club setting, as well as possess the versatility to address the needs of the venue’s multi-functional spaces. McQueen chose Pioneer Pro Audio’s XY Series speakers.
Dezzi McCausland was seeking audiophile quality throughout and having experimented with other brands, had yet to find what he was looking for. His team was aware of Pioneer Pro Audio’s growing reputation and decided to make cont
UK - When Elliot Patterson from Evolve Install embarked on his third fit-out for the Kricket restaurant chain at the BBC Television Centre in White City, he worked in a new building with an industrial theme. This gave him the opportunity to suspend a series of down facing JBL pendant loudspeakers in the three open-plan zones and direct the sound away from the offices upstairs.
Owned by Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell, Kricket Television Centre is also the group’s largest restaurant to date, offering 100 covers inside and 40 outside. It features an open kitchen, booth and banquet seating, and a garden terrace with views of the studios.
Like the other two venues (in Soho and Brixton), Patterson turned to the Harman Pro audio catalogue for his solutions, sourcing the materials from their UK and Ireland distributors Sound Technology.
“It’s always nice to be involved with a new building as there’s more freedom with what you can do with the speakers,” he says. “The building was just a wide open space when we first saw it, but theme is very industrial, with overhead ducting and cable trays.”
The installer knew instinctively that the JBL Control 67P/T would provide the right solution, incorporating a large enclosure and high-power 6.5” transducer for extended bass response, and 120° dispersion for even coverage pattern. “These speakers have a nice LF response and so deliver a really warm sound without the need for additional subs. Fed by the right music you get the benefits of the full frequency range.”
The three-zone venue i
UK - London’s Royal Albert Hall has completed the biggest improvement to sound in its auditorium since the installation of the acoustic ‘mushrooms’ 50 years ago (as reported in LSi April 2019).
The project took 693 days of labour, 15,291m of cable, and 465 individual speakers in the world’s largest loudspeaker install in a single room.
With equipment supplied by Autograph Sales and installed by SFL, the digital distribution network adopted a ring topology and the selection of multi-format I/O cards included analogue, AES, ANA, DMI Optocore and DMI Dante.
Within this, a pair of BroaMan Route66 Optocore AutoRouters, managing Optocore links from the DiGiCo desk environment, have been specified as central routers in a redundant starred network - this is to cater for the large number of patch panels distributed around the venue to the d&b audiotechnik loudspeakers.
Compatible with Optocore and DiGiCo fibre loops, the added functionality of the AutoRouter on the Route 66 makes it suitable for large installations such as this where there are multiple connection points.
As a Grade I listed building, the intricate new sound system proposal required special building consent and had to work within the fabric of the famous Victorian venue.
The project drew on the most detailed acoustic surveys and modelling ever undertaken in t
Germany - The Schauspiel Hannover, part of the Niedersächsische Staatstheater Hannover, offers the audience theatre, entertainment and music in five different venues. In addition to the Schauspielhaus on Prinzenstraße near the main station, these are the Cumberlandsche Bühne, the Cumberlandsche Galerie as well as Ballhof Eins and Ballhof Zwei in the old town.
After the sound mixing desk had been renewed in the Schauspielhaus two years ago, the next logical step was the modernisation of the main and back-stage sound system.
The Schauspiel Hannover serves a wide range of performances and reinforces them as needed. “In general we are seeing an increasing demand for microports in theatre productions,” says sound engineer Markus Folberth. “The demands of the various productions as well as the guest events in the house are already described as very 'mature'.”
With regard to the modernisation of the sound system, the sound engineering department wanted first and foremost a homogeneous coverage of the entire auditorium as well as good speech intelligibility, because the previous point source solution had shown weaknesses in this case. “In addition, the old system audibly reached its limits in music productions and then quickly sounded fatiguing,” says Lutz Findeisen, head of the sound / video department at the Schauspiel Hannover. “The staff of the sound department wanted to find their musical sonic tool. We were looking for a real extension of the expressive possibilities of the sound reinforcement.”
After comparing different line
Switzerland - For 40 years, the Caves du Manoir in Martigny, Valais have been used for cultural events of all kinds. Different crews, collaborators and teams have been part of the journey through its musical history and the authenticity and the inherent spirit of the venue has become an unspoken heritage.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the venue’s committee decided to renovate the entire caves, including its technical infrastructure, choosing a DiGiCo SD12 plus D2-Rack, supplied by Tonspur AG, DiGiCo’s distributor for the region, as the new Front of House console and upgrading its existing Meyer Sound loudspeaker system.
Sacha Knezevic Rudaz, technical director of the caves’ choices were inspired by the Montreux Jazz Festival. Rudaz, who has been part of the festival audio crew for many years, had had the chance to try out the SD12 during last year’s festival and, following a further long-term test, decided that SD12 would be the right successor for the Caves du Manoir’s ancient analogue console.
“Maybe I’m one of those hardcore DiGiCo fans, but have a look at what DiGiCo can do,” says Rudaz. “They can double the channel count within a single software update, even years after the release of a product; that’s not from this world! For me it was a logical step to get the SD12 into the Caves. The user Interface means we can have two operators working on the console at the same time, and the fact that I have every important control on a dedicated knob or button is just great. The SD12 looks sexy, it sounds sexy and it will do a
Hungary - Located in Székesfehérvár, MOL Aréna Sóstó (MOL Arena Salt Lake) has always been considered as one of Hungary’s most important stadiums outside Budapest. The multi-purpose stadium, home to the first division MOL Vidi Football Club and primarily used for football matches, has recently undergone a full rebuild.
The Interton Group, which specialises in the design and installation of sound, light, visual and control systems, was commissioned to design and install the audio system for the new stadium. With extensive stadium sound experience, Interton used acoustic modelling to prove its design based on Community R Series loudspeakers as the optimum solution.
Sixty-four Community R.5HP loudspeakers, flown in pairs under the leading edge of the canopy, cover the stadium’s four seated stands that combine to give a 14,201 capacity. A single Community RSH-462 exponential FocusedArray horn system is located in the stadium’s northwest corner to cover the playing field.
Operated from a Yamaha TF3 mixer, the system is controlled by QSC Q-SYS via a graphical user interface, custom designed by IInterton. QSC CXD-Q amplifiers were chosen to drive the Community loudspeakers, with input from Shure ULX-D wireless microphones. Géza Balogh, Interton Group’s managing director, comments: “We provided wireless iPad control of the whole audio system, so system adjustment can be made from any location and even while walking around the grandstands. It’s an added feature that the system operators are extremely happy with.”
Norway - Docked in Oslo’s Frammuseet museum, the Fram is a ship steeped in rich history. Having voyaged to the Arctic and Antarctic between 1893 and 1912 with its Norwegian crew at the helm, and carried the first person to reach the South Pole in 1911, it came to rest in 1936 - and has since evolved into a much-lauded tourist attraction in the city, with an annual footfall of over 200,000 every year.
Drawing visitors from all over the globe, the museum sought to upgrade its offering in 2018 to provide a world-class, immersive experience – turning to UK-based specialist visitor attraction AV integrator Sarner International to lead the ambitious and complex installation project.
With the objective of making visitors feel a part of an arctic adventure, immersive audio and projection were to take centre stage in the renovation. However, the challenge was how to go about delivering this – introducing AV, lighting and multimedia technology without damaging the authenticity and integrity of the vessel – which is a huge draw in itself.
Sarner turned to Mike Ross, director and founder of BlueBox Technology Solutions, bringing him on board as AV consultant to support the delivery of the project end to end. Drawing on over 15 years of experience on installation projects of a similar standing all over the world, Mike turned to host of trusted suppliers, including 7thSense Design, a multi-award winning specialist software and hardware company for media servers; Ohm, manufacturer of custom and high quality loudspeakers; and Digital Projection, whose prod
UK - Adlib’s installation team has delivered a touring spec system - including L-Acoustics and DiGiCo products - to Academy Music Group’s 2,550 capacity O2 Academy Glasgow.
It follows similar recent Adlib installations at AMG’s O2 Forum Kentish Town in London, and O2 Academy venues in Bristol and Newcastle in the last 18 months, all of which also feature L-Acoustics and DiGiCo combinations.
Led by John Hughes and Roger Kirby, Adlib collaborated closely with Jeff Woodford, applications engineer (installations) and Sergey Becker, applications engineer (touring) from L-Acoustics. Together, they worked with Academy Music Group’s divisional manager (North), Steve Hoyland.
Adlib also consulted the experience and knowledge of its own production and touring crews and engineers, especially Andy Russell, who all frequently work in the venue which has a theatrical interior, including many original art deco features.
Additionally, O2 Academy Glasgow’s technical manager Rob Watson and general manager Chris Johnston had valuable input, as they are well acquainted with the many nuances and intricacies of the environment.
Kirby says: “The collective input from all these slightly different perspectives made the process more dynamic and very enjoyable.”
The success of the other recent Academy Music Group L-Acoustics installations also played a part and made the L-Acoustics and DiGiCo combination a favourite choice.
The room was initially modelled using Soundvision acoustic profiling software, which suggested that - particular
USA - ASTC & USITT have announced the first place winning team from Emerson College and the second place winning team from Florida State University in the fifth ASTC-USITT Renovation Challenge.
A record seven college/university teams participated in this year’s challenge that was held 22 March at the 59th USITT Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Undergraduate and graduate students worked under the guidance of a faculty advisor(s) and a mentor from the American Society of Theatre Consultants to create a theatre renovation project. Each team selected an existing venue, developed a scope of work for improvements and presented their ideas to a live audience and jury of ASTC members at a USITT conference session.
The $2,000 Edgar L. Lustig Honour Award sponsored by ASTC was given to Tyler Ericson, Jonah Free, Ryan Healey, Jackson Lasseter, and Dan Karlin from Emerson College for their project of the adaptive reuse of the Union Bank Building on Tremont St. in Boston. Their Theatre Consultant mentor was Joshua Grossman, ASTC and their Faculty Advisors were Keith Cornelius and Scott Pinkney.
The 2nd Place Director’s Award with a prize amount of $1,000 sponsored by USITT, went to the Florida State University graduate student team of Erin Collopy, Kassidy Loburn, Zachary Briscoe, John Davis, Ryan Ponsell, Clifford Glowacki, Austen Whipple, Jackson Golden, and Braeden Ingersoll. Their project was The Richard G. Fallon Theatre Renovation. The Theatre Consultant mentor was Christopher Sprague, ASTC and their Faculty Advisor was Jim Lile.
UK - The newly installed d&b audiotechnik permanent sound solution in London’s Royal Albert Hall made its public debut with last weekend’s Olivier Awards show (see LSi April).
Driven by a vision to provide its audiences with life enriching, unforgettable experiences, the hall has installed the world’s largest single room audio system with over 450 individual loudspeakers from the d&b audiotechnik range.
The Olivier Awards, celebrating British theatre, served as an appropriate showcase for the system’s coverage and flexibility, significantly enhancing the overall listening experience inside the auditorium.
“Previously, our control over the audio experience was limited and often didn’t meet our high standards,” explains Ollie Jeffery, HoD production and technical at the RAH. “What we wanted was to bring sound in-house with a properly implemented system and make it so good that the majority of productions would feel comfortable using it.
“Naturally, everyone who has ever played here wants to get it right; some audio teams would spend five or six hours on the day taking speakers up and down, up and down, trying to achieve that end, but it was always a compromise. It wasn’t that our service providers were doing anything wrong, but we felt the difficult challenge of delivering world class audio within the extremely demanding geometry of the room, could only be met with a different approach to the goal.
UK - Creative Technology (CT) is taking on the 100-mile Vélo Birmingham & Midlands course on Sunday 12 May in aid of Backup - The Technical Entertainment charity.
“CT has supported Backup from the outset and we’ve often said we should do something more than simply supporting its KartFest and GolfFest events,” saysDave Crump, CEO CT Europe & Middle East. “When an opportunity to enter a four-person team into a challenging 100 mile cycle event, it seemed an ideal opportunity to raise some money and awareness for the charity whilst getting fit and Team VeloCT was born.”
The original plan was to take part in the Velo South event last September. The team was formed, training begun, lycra purchased and money raised - a spectacular £7,038 at the last count. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled at the last minute on safety grounds due to severe weather forecasts.
Disheartened but determined, the team has continued training and will now be taking part in Velo Birmingham on 12 May, tackling a similar and equally challenging 100-mile, closed-road ride through the Black Country, starting in Birmingham’s city centre and taking an estimated 17,000 riders through stunning countryside and picturesque villages to finish in the heart of Coventry - the 2021 Capital of Culture.
Dave, initiator of the idea, has unfortunately had to drop out due to back problems, but his place is being taken by former CT employee and now video director extraordinaire, Dick Curruthers. The remainder of the team is unchanged and includes Steve Purkess, Nic Maa
UK - Opened in 1894, the Grand Theatre Wolverhampton is one of the city’s finest examples of Victorian architecture. Next year will see it celebrate its 125th anniversary and whilst much of its original façade remains intact, its technical infrastructure has undergone significant upgrades, most recently with a visually discrete yet powerful K-array KY102 PA and DiGiCo’s latest SD12 digital mixing console, provided by specialist installer, integrator and reseller Stage Electrics.
The origins of the project date back to the end of 2017, when the theatre’s head of lighting and sound Anthony Aston and Mark Ryal, associate director technical services, contacted Stage Electrics’ audio division and spoke to audio specialist Jamie Gosney to discuss a new sound system. It has been a truly collaborative process that has, Anthony asserts, delivered exceptional results.
“Our system was 20 years old and really needed replacing,” Anthony recalls. “We had a budget in mind, so we looked at the options that were available. What could we get straight out of the box that would fit our requirements?”
Stage Electrics had had great success at Bristol Hippodrome, Kings Theatre Glasgow, Edinburgh Playhouse and the Royal Opera House with K-array systems, so Jamie introduced the Italian manufacturer to the Wolverhampton team.
“They hadn’t heard of K-array before and asked if there was anywhere they could hear it, so I sent them to Bristol Hippodrome to listen to their KP102 system,” Jamie continues. “They loved the sound of the system but wer
Singapore - To create an enchanting ballroom experience for weddings and special events at their luxury hotel in Marina Bay, Pan Pacific Singapore hired Mynalight to design a dynamic LED ceiling installation using Martin by Harman VC-Dot 1 strips.
Pan Pacific Hotels Group operates upscale hotels, resorts and serviced suites throughout Asia Pacific and North America for the redesigned 800-capacity ballroom Pan Pacific Singapore wanted to create an immersive and customizable lighting experience for thematic weddings and events. Pan Pacific Singapore hired Mynalight to design and deploy a LED lighting installation in the ballroom ceiling that could complement the elegant colour schemes, table settings and flower arrangements of the hotel’s wedding themes.
"Lighting the ballroom for Pan Pacific Singapore was an ambitious project, which we approached in our uniquely collaborative style,” said Ms. Yaeko Hashimoto, principal lighting designer, Mynalight. “After much scrutiny and discussion with our experts, we concluded that Martin lighting fixtures would be ideal for the media effect ceiling they were looking for. It not only produces a spectacular lighting design, but turns the ballroom into a unique experience."
Mynalight decided to highlight the ballroom’s abstract, coral-inspired ceiling design by mounting 7,120 VC-Dot 1 creative LED pixels along the intersecting lines that divide the recessed portions of the ceiling. The VC-Dot 1 system form a network of more than 7,120 individual controllable LED media pixels, which are capable of displayi
South Korea - Hansam System Co recently installed an array of Martin MAC Quantum Wash fixtures at Lotte Concert Hall to achieve 360° coverage and near-silent operation in the leading venue.
Lotte Concert Hall is a contemporary 2,036-seat auditorium, newly built by the Lotte Corporation and located in Seoul’s elegant Lotte World Mall. The hall was designed by renowned international firm Nagata Acoustics, and features terraced, wrap-around “vineyard style” seating for optimal acoustics in every seat.
The hall needed a modern lighting solution to ensure consistent coverage for all viewing angles, as well as minimal noise during delicate classical and opera performances. They hired Hansam System Co., who installed an array of Martin MAC Quantum Wash fixtures to meet the hall’s needs.
"We trusted the experts at Hansam System Co. to help us create an engaging environment at our concert hall and provide guests with a stunning visual experience to match the extraordinary acoustics of the space,” said Ms. Eunjung Choi, lighting director, Lotte Concert Hall. “And since the hall’s design can amplify even the smallest sounds, we appreciated the ultra-quiet operation of the Martin fixtures they chose.”
Hansam System Co. settled on an array of 24 MAC Quantum Wash fixtures hung from an acoustical “cloud” high above the stage.
“Lotte Concert Hall was specially designed to increase the sense of communion between the performers and the audience,” says Mr. Moowoong Cha, sales director, Hansam System Co. “The auditorium needed eff
The Netherlands - Podium Victorie in Alkmaar has been a well-known venue for many years, hosting a wide range of classic and contemporary bands from all over the world.
Though very successful at its original location, Victorie recently moved, its operators opting for an exciting relocation into the city of Alkmaar. With an upgrade in venue, owners of the club decided this was a logical opportunity to upgrade their entire sound system. After reviewing numerous competitive demos, it was the Clair Brothers system demonstrated by The Audio Specialists that rose to the top.
The key in the new venue was to find the right balance to deliver a level of acoustic quality concertgoers and performers alike would appreciate as something truly special. The Clair Brothers demo made the decision easy because of the way it achieved acoustic balance in the new room from the start.
The main system install includes a Clair Brothers i212 line array supported with in-fill kiT series and in the smaller venue by several kiTCurve+ loudspeakers and subwoofers, along with their 1AM and 1.5AM floor monitors.
“We managed to get so much more than the proposal stated,” explains Robin van Lingen, the chief engineer at Podium Victorie. “We’re so proud of the result after installing Clair Brothers in our new venue. The acoustics are great, and the sound is surprisingly better than expected.
To complete the install, The Audio Specialists selected Lake D Series amplifiers and a Lake LM44 for additional processing and Midas Pro X Series consoles for FOH and monitor
USA - Liberty University of Lynchburg has invested in a complement of Ayrton Mistral and Ghibli LED spot luminaires for a variety of uses on its campus.
The Mistrals were delivered last autumn to the Event Production department, which provides audio, video and lighting support for any event on campus, including concerts, conferences and speaking events. The Mistrals are mounted in truss in a multi-use event space, which hosts a wide array of entertainment programmes and gatherings.
“We were looking to replace the venue’s spots with an LED option,” recalls Amy Caun, lighting director/production technician with Event Production. “We didn’t want to worry about lamp life, power and heat, and we needed a fixture that was flexible enough for all of the events held in the event space.
“One of our technicians had seen Mistral at a trade show. Doug Mekanik, our rep at ACT Lighting, also recommended them to us and provided a demo unit for us to try out,” she says. “Mistral was the right size, and it was bright and flexible. We were impressed by its zoom, colour mixing, the saturated colour you can get without losing brightness, and the effects capabilities.”
Event Production purchased the fixtures from Barbizon and has been pleased with how “they really enhance the concerts and events we support”, including concerts by Red, Tedashii, Jenny & Tyler, and Peabod, she says. “They’re a great addition to the event space, and for smaller events they add texture on the walls and floor and colour around the room. We like the cool s
UK - Rope Assemblies has supplied a range of Doughty kit to the Royal Albert Hall to help improve safety in the performance space. As a duty of care to performers on stage and to ensure that any falls from height are prevented, Doughty designed and fabricated some bespoke handrail braces to make the space as safe as possible.
Ian Redding, technical supervisor at the Royal Albert Hall explained: "While there were no incidents that triggered the need for these rails, our technical team are always striving to ensure that no stone is left unturned when it comes to the safety of our performers, crew and audiences. The challenge was to design and create something that could work for our stage, but at the same time, not to look too intrusive.
“It also had to be strong enough to withstand the weight of an average person. We had a round, scaffold size connection on the off stage edge but we were using square handrails, produced by Steeldeck on the stage extension pieces. These handrails don't always fit back in perfectly every time so it was clear that we needed the length of these braces to be adjustable. We discussed this in one of our team weekly meetings and someone mentioned that we should look into getting some Doughty kit. We already have a supply of Doughty arms that will get used to rig lighting and this was something a bit similar."
Ian got in touch with Rope Assemblies, one of Doughty's UK distributors who suggested browsing the catalogue of items online, where Ian found something similar to what he needed (an adjustable pipe coupler). Ann McCo
South Korea - TechData Co recently provided Oryun Community Church in Seoul and its newly-built religious retreat, the Oryun Vision Village, with a complete Harman Professional Solutions audio and control systems.
Founded in 1988, Oryun Community Church is a South Korean Christian organisation that operates multiple churches and worship spaces in and around Seoul.
Having had a positive experience with Harman products during their last renovation, Oryun Church hired TechData to design systems for both the Vision Centre and Vision Village facilities.
"We were very satisfied with the Harman solutions we acquired in our 2015 renovation,” says Sunho Ju, sound director at Oryun Community Church. “Since Vision Village is not only our training centre but also available for outside rental, we needed a solution that would be easy for anyone to use, including those who are less familiar with technology. TechData solved this by installing an AMX touch panel control system at Vision Village, which allows us to control our equipment with ease."
At Oryun Vision Centre, TechData selected a combination of JBL VTX V20 and VT4886 line array loudspeakers with VTS S25 subwoofers to provide adequate power and coverage for the main sound reinforcement system. Two-way JBL AC15, AC18/26 and AM512/95 loudspeakers supplement the main system, providing high output and full-range sound in compact form factors with 5.25", 8" and 12" low-frequency drivers, respectively.
Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD and 12000HD amplifiers, supplemented by DCi 8|600N and 2|600N models, pr
France - French restaurant and leisure destination Pirates Paradise has specified a Coda Audio sound system to enhance the venue’s immersive environment.
The pirate-themed restaurant, located in Neuville-en-Ferrain near Lille, is a family destination that regularly welcomes more than 500 guests during the weekends; entertainment and audio excellence is key to its success.
Owner Jérôme Descamps explains: “My dream was to create the best restaurant I could, offering great decor, furniture, atmosphere and food supported by a fantastic sound system. It was important to me to do everything properly, so I engaged a company that could help spec me the highest quality audio on the market."
Pirates Paradise engaged local company Public Address, with general manager, Gregory Devilder and head of technical, Benjamin Pauwels taking up the challenge. They recommended Coda Audio for the site. The system needed to cater primarily for background music during dining hours but also for speech reinforcement in what can become a very lively environment.
The main PA comprises two hangs of two Coda Audio CoRAY4i cabinets and a single G18SUB subwoofer flown head-on as the space is entered, L-R above a row of ‘drinking houses’. The pirate ship is housed on the right-hand-side as guests enter the restaurant and two more CoRAY4i cabinets and two G15SUB subwoofers are housed in this area. Opposite this is ‘the jail’ and it’s the same setup from Coda Audio - mirrored from the pirate ship side.
The G18SUB subwoofers are hidden among the scenery throu
Spain - When one of the world’s largest night clubs puts on a special season-end event, its magnitude is difficult to ignore. Open since 1993 on the Spanish island of Ibiza, this mammoth club can host up to 10,000 guests at one time. On the season’s finale evening, Privilege Ibiza made the decision to employ the Clair Brothers C12 loudspeaker system, along with an assortment of more Clair Brothers gear, to cover the entire venue.
The size of the venue allows management to redesign facilities for individual parties and artistic shows. For this event, they didn’t hold back, calling on Clair Brothers’ Spanish distribution and rental partner, VTècnics, to recommend and design a sound system worthy of this special occasion.
Josep Maria Serra, production manager at VTècnics reports: “The Clair Brothers team understands the concept and value of global sharing between its partners. On this occasion four companies in southern Europe shared their equipment and knowledge which allowed us to achieve the best sound possible. My company, VTècnics, worked with other Clair Brothers partners Grupo Friends, also from Spain, Audio Concept from France, and Prase Media Technologies from Italy. It’s a total team effort of collaboration and pitching in together.”
Serra continues: “The venue does not have good acoustics because it has so many reflective surface elements. And the floor has a giant swimming pool with a cover on it, which unfortunately works as a big resonance box. What we needed to do was create a sound system that was strong on clarity,
USA - Founded in 1908, Harvard Business School in Boston is known worldwide for its MBA and doctoral programmes. With a faculty of over 200 experienced professors and entrepreneurs, the school recently opened Klarman Hall lecture auditorium.
Designed by the architectural firm William Rawn Associates, Architects, the hall needed a lighting solution that could meet strict acoustic and performance criteria, so they worked with the design firm Theatre Projects who specified PHX 150W LED profile luminaires from Altman Lighting.
“This was a new construction project and our first time working with the Harvard Business School,” says Steven Rust, Theatre Projects’ lighting designer. “In an atmosphere where people needed to hear each other clearly throughout the hall, the criteria from the acoustician was that the lighting had to be ideally convection-cooled, or near-silent. One thing we have learned over the years is that there really is no such thing as a silent fan, so we needed to find a solution that was completely convection-cooled.
“Another challenge to the design was that the room needed to be able to function in many different configurations and be able to accommodate multiple audience sizes,” continues Rust. “First and foremost, it’s a lecture hall, but then it can also be set up in five different configurations, so the lighting needed to be able to adjust as well. I have been aware of the PHX 150W for a few years now, and the convection-cooled aspect of its design, along with its performance capabilities, really made it stand out
UK - Bacchus Bar & Club in Bishop’s Stortford’s recently brought in XS Audio Visual to design and install an extensive sound system, powered by just two amplifiers from Linea Research.
The entire project had to be completed to a tight deadline. “We had only four days to completely rip out the existing sound and lighting systems and commission a whole new nightclub sound, lighting, and video install, including relocating the DJ booth and existing TV video feeds,” recalls XSAV managing director Lee Michael.
Michael describes the Bacchus Bar as “a perfectly sized, rectangular-shaped venue that can accommodate 500 people comfortably.” On weekends, the well-established hot spot is often busy enough to reach full capacity, with DJs energizing the crowd. During the week, the club’s entertainment systems are used for karaoke and sports events.
XSAV installed a dozen Void Acoustics Venu 12 loudspeakers, suspended from cradles near the ceiling. The low end, so crucial for DJs, was a little trickier. XSAV wanted to install a pair of Void Stasys 218 subwoofers, each loaded with two 18-inch drivers. “The club was concerned that the two subwoofers be out of sight,” Michael explains, “so we had a wall built around one of them and removed parts of the small bar to accommodate the other one.”
The dozen loudspeakers handle 400W AES power each, and the two subwoofers draw up to 2,400 watts AES power. But space taken by a large amplifier rack is space not usable by patrons. XSAV had a ready solution: Linea Research’s 44C20 power ampl
China - The historic city of Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, is preparing to host the 2022 Asian Games in the largest Olympic sports centre of its kind in China. The Tennis Centre, which belongs to this complex, has recently been inaugurated with the experience and support of DAS Audio systems.
The sound system was put to the test at the official inauguration of the stadium for the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) held from 11-16 December 2018.
The team at DAS Audio China worked closely with the local engineering contractor and both sides collaborated in the design and completion of the installation, which has been specially tailored for this multi-sport stadium.
The HQ series speakers with IP54 certification were chosen for the installation. The HQ series are specially designed for medium to large size installations offering tightly controlled coverage patterns, long-throw and high output capabilities. They are made for weather resistance and extended durability in extreme environments. In addition, DAS’ latest DX (100I/80I) series digital amplifier with built-in DSP processor and Dante transmission protocol were installed to improve reliability and stability.
Providing wide coverage was also essential to enhance the acoustic experience at the Tennis Centre. To this end, the system was precisely distributed throughout the facility on four clusters of two HQ212.95 flown over the east and west spectator stands, 12 clusters of two HQ212.95 flown over the north and south spectator stands, six clusters of two HQ212.95 flown
USA - Penn State’s Nittany Lion athletics programme is fiercely competitive and well-supported by the school and its alumni. In that tradition, the Penn State men and women’s lacrosse teams now practice and compete in Panzer Stadium, a new multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility. Its 1,300 seats are close to the action, and the entire facility is wired for modern broadcasting, which will allow Penn State to host high-profile NCAA and Big Ten championship games.
Pennsylvania-based AV design and integration firm Clair Solutions handled the broadcast infrastructure and sound reinforcement at Panzer Stadium, earning the job based in part on the proposal of Jim Devenney, Clair Solutions’ senior systems designer and in part on the successful completion of numerous other projects at Penn State.
“We originally got involved because we’ve done a lot of other work at Penn State, including 100,000-plus-seat Beaver Stadium,” Devenney explains. “The school benefited because we’re a one-stop-shop with deep in-house knowledge about the design and installation of audio and broadcast systems. In Clair’s long history, we’ve seen it all.”
Clair Solutions’ design/build worked in synergy with the larger project, which was designed by Moody Nolan, of Columbus, Ohio and APArchitects of Lemont, Pennsylvania, and built by general contractor PJ Dick of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Devenney’s design gives Panzer Stadium comprehensive connectivity via a lot of single-mode fibre, Cat 6 data, video, and audio. “The cabling itself wasn’t che