Perth theatre gains clarity with Nexo Geo
Friday, 10 May 2019
nexoThe 900-seat theatre at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls
Australia - Perth’s Elite Audio Visual Productions has recently completed the installation of a Nexo Geo S sound reinforcement system in the 900-seat theatre at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls.
EAVP were engaged to recommend, supply, and install an appropriate sound reinforcement system that would meet the varied needs of the Joy Shepherd Performing Arts theatre, which has 613 seats in the stalls and 287 seats in the dress circle. It serves as the school’s main auditorium for internal events and productions, but is also regularly hired by external clients for dance shows, concerts, church services and more.
The previous system had begun to develop several problems and did not provide the even coverage and power needed for the theatre. Theatre manager David Spooner asked EAVP to design an appropriate system.
By using acoustic modelling software, it was possible to virtually test out different models and configurations of PA systems in a 3D model of the room to work out how to get the best coverage and output level. It became apparent that in addition to the two main PA hangs, the system would need to include front fill speakers around the front of the orchestra pit and delay speakers above the dress circle in order to achieve optimum coverage.
EAVP’s solution was Nexo’s GeoS12 line array, comprising six Geo S12 top boxes and two 18” LS18 subs per side, with three compact Nexo ID24s for front-fill and four ID24s as delays above the balcony.
The entire system is driven by two Nexo NXAMP4x4 four channel amplifiers which are housed in new racks behind the proscenium.
Theatre manager David Spooner reports that “the installation and commissioning of our Nexo sound system by EAVP was an absolute dream. The work was completed on schedule and the installation was clean, tidy and most importantly, on budget. The new sound system now gives us the flexibility that we need in the venue. As the sound engineer for many events in the PAC, I no longer feel like I’m ‘fighting’ against the sound system. There is more than enough headroom in the equipment and I never have to push the system.”
(Jim Evans)

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