Audac installed in Brussels cathedral
Monday, 10 June 2019
cathedral-stThe Brussels cathedral dates from the ninth century
Belgium - The Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula is one of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals in Belgium.
It originated as a chapel to honour St. Michael and was built on the Treurenberg hill in the ninth century. In the 11th century, it was replaced by a Romanesque church and in the 13th century, they added two round towers to the church.
In total it took about 300 years to complete the entire church and it was finished in 1519 just before the reign of the emperor Charles V. Since 1962, the church is given the status of cathedral. The towers are each 64m high and the Cathedral is built of stone from the Gobertange quarry, which is located 45km southeast of the city.
Because of the versatile character of the church there was a need for a complete, new audio system that can be used during these different types of events.
It was important that there was a clear sound reproduction in this acoustic difficult architectural form of the cathedral and that the audio speakers would blend in perfectly in the ancient cultural heritage.
With all these factors in mind the installer decided to use 60 Audac AXIR design column speakers each one metre long. They are especially designed for optimal speech and sound reproduction in open areas with high ceilings. This is necessary for the comprehensibility of the priest during the mass service. They also installed 10 KYDO column speakers in support for the remaining spaces.
The complete installation is powered by just one SMQ750 quad-channel power amplifier with WaveDynamics technology.
(Jim Evans)

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