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Zdrojowy Teatr Animacji’s modernisation began in 2008, intended to bring the the classically designed Spa Theatre into line with present technical standards.

Zdrojowy Teatr AnimacjiPolish entertainment technology specialists M Ostrowski was asked to supply and assemble a lighting, stage management and theatre audio system for an audience capacity of 200 to serve it’s children’s productions, adult plays and outdoor performances.

Recognising the need for top-performance sound reinforcement, the company looked to the latest Renkus-Heinz CF Series solutions, in order to to provide operational reliability along with dynamic performance and uniform sound distribution for the audience.

Using Ease 4.3 software to determine the optimum position of the loudspeakers, eight full-range Renkus-Heinz CF101LA speaker modules were arranged in two clusters either side of the stage, and two Renkus-Heinz CF15S subwoofer modules in a central cluster.

The use of active speaker modules with Rhaon (Renkus Heinz Audio Operations Network) technology, allows remote system configuration, adjustment of DSP signal corrections as well as monitoring of the state of the speakers.

In consideration of the surroundings, M Ostrowski engineers also designed a mounting for the line array hoists to ensure that the equipment blends in with the theatre’s historical interiors.

The installation also included a Soundcraft Vi4 digital mixing console; a wireless microphone system based on 500 G3 Sennheiser units; a two-way wireless communication system based on solutions by 3M and a stage-manager system based on Riedel digital intercom solutions, as well as a wireless stage action confirmation system, which was developed specifically to accommodate the needs of the Spa Theatre.

Twenty facility panels around the stage, auditorium and audio control room provide 52 microphone inputs, 31 return lines, 17 speaker lines as well as a Cat5e network, for transmission of data, audio and video signals as well as control of devices connected to the internal network. The entire system is freely configurable at the patch panels, located within the main equipment rack. The installation also allows a show to be run from the audience, with a patch panel to plug in a console along with its peripherals.

‘The new audio system’s versatility and quality make it wonderful to work with and we’re delighted that M.Ostrowski has created this solution,’ says theatre’ sound engineer, M Czechowicz.

More: www.renkus-heinz.com


HK Audio website‘A hipper look and feel, no-nonsense navigation, even more information…’ says HK Audio of it’s new website.

‘That’s what we had in mind when we set out to redesign our website,’ Philipp Wrede confirms. ‘As it turns out, finding your ideal system online has never been easier.’

All of the site internal portals are clearly marked – Musicians, Entertainers & DJs, Rental, Install Sound, Line Array, Worship Audio and Personal Pro Audio – to make finding the information required by a wide range of end-users simple. The new navigation system structure routes straight to the systems that are likely to be of the greatest interest.

Unsurprisingly, HK Audio’s revamped corporate design figures prominently on the website. Finding the latest of the company’s videos and news is simply a matter of following links from the homepage. Current rendering technologies (such as HTML 5 and CSS 3) allow quick and smooth visuals and will be welcomed by mobile users especially.

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With live music an essential aspect of Guanabanas, the owners of the outdoor bar and restaurant are promising ‘a true Florida experience’.

GuanabanasTo this end, they have installed a combination of Apex’s Hera logging and Argos noise limiting in the waterfront venue to not only keep sound levels dwn to permitted levels, but to be able prove that it has done so.

Located in Jupiter, Florida, the setting mizes exotic/local plants and trees, Key West styled structures, hand-built chickee huts and fresh Florida seafood with live performance. With the stage – along with everything else – being in the open air, sound control is a big issue: ‘Residents will complain to the police if levels are too loud,’ says the venue’s Matt Cahur. ‘We chose the Hera/Argos combination because the Argos limiter does a great job of limiting the sound levels to the threshold set on the Hera.

‘Because the Hera uses a microphone to record the sound levels at the stage and records it in a data log, we use that log as proof that we were running at the levels permitted by the local authorities. That way, if there is a complaint, we have proof that we were at or below the allowable levels.’

Another advantage of the Hera unit is that it will detect and log any attempts at system tampering – for example disconnection of the monitor microphone. Most importantly, the logs can be easily consulted by any user, either directly from the Hera’s front panel or saved to a computer and printed out.

Hera also offers two logic outputs that can be used to control external devices or mains cut-off if a certain threshold is being exceeded. Meanwhile, the Argos unit is an exceptionally natural sounding leveller, preventing the audio system from producing excessive levels without producing audible artefacts.

‘There are not too many other units that I have found have this ability to log data and limit the sound in such a transparent way,’ Cahur says. ‘Handheld sound meters can data log, but not in this particular manner in conjunction with the limiter.

‘The system works well. We had to replace the microphone, due to wear and tear, but especially when you consider the units are out in the elements, they work very well.’

More: www.apex-audio.eu


The recently completed Doonsan First Methodist Church in Daejeon, Korea accommodates up to 2,500 worshippers and makes extensive use of A/V technology, including several high-quality sound systems.

Doonsan First Methodist ChurchKey to these are the Fohhn Audio loudspeaker systems and DSP-controlled amplifiers that have recently been installed.

The main system comprises two 12 Fohhn PT-9 line array systems, flown to the left and right of the altar and stage areas, in combination with two bass arrays each including eight Fohhn PS-4 high-powered subwoofers. Four AT-10 Arc series speakers function as front fills, with eight XM-4 wedges used for stage monitoring. The system is powered by a number of Fohhn DSP amplifiers.

Fohhn loudspeaker systems have also been installed in smaller worship areas and childcare facilities on various floors of the ten-storey building. Six worship rooms on the seventh floor have each been equipped with Arc Series AT-40 high-capacity, lightweight loudspeakers, while sets of AT-10 speakers have been installed in the childcare rooms on the third floor. Fohhn’s compact AT-05 systems also provide coverage in two mother and child rooms at the back of one of the galleries.

The installation also provided an opportunity for Fohhn engineers to trial new beam steering software for bass arrays. ‘A technical feature has been the ability to apply the beam steering principle from our Linea Focus loudspeaker series to the PS-4 bass arrays using specially developed new software,’ says Fohhn Planning Engineer, Frank Strohmer. ‘This has enabled the beam characteristics of the bass arrays to be perfectly adapted to the acoustics of the main worship area, giving the best possible results when transmitting both speech and music to a large congregation.’

The installation was carried out by Seoul-based Stagenet Co.

More: www.stagenet.co.kr
More: www.fohhn.com


A US$5m renovation and expansion has seen the church of Saint Bede the Venerable kitted out with a new sound system based around Community Professional Loudspeakers.

Saint Bede the Venerable‘Unlike some of the more traditional Catholic churches, St Bede offers a mix of traditional and semi-contemporary services, with a choral and live musical accompaniment, as well as traditional organ and choir,’ says Audiobahn’s Tony Hersch. ‘So we had to design a system that offered more than simply spoken word intelligibility – it had to offer good musicality as well.’

Founded nearly half a century ago in the Northampton Township of Pennsylvania, Saint Bede the Venerable has grown to count more than 10,000 parishioners. Its renovation incorporates a classic Italian marble altar, magnificent stained glass – and sound system using Veris 8 two-way full-range systems.

The distributed audio system includes 14 Veris 8 cabinets – seven on each side of the seating area, as well as two additional Veris 8 boxes for platform monitors. A pair of Community CPL27 dual 8-inch systems provide monitoring to the choir loft, and two MVP12M boxes provide additional monitoring. The system is powered by QSC amplification. A Soundcraft LX7II 16-channel console and Shure RF systems complete the signal chain.

One of the biggest challenges in installing the system was coordinating the work around the on-going construction: ‘It was a pretty extensive renovation,’ Hersch says. ‘They brought in the altar from another church in Philadelphia that had closed its doors, with massive marble columns, and gorgeous stained glass windows. They were still holding services during the renovation, with the construction behind a false wall, and we were running cable and installing the speakers within a very tight schedule, alongside the general contractors.’

Hersch reports that the newly redone sanctuary is nothing short of stunning, with sound to match: ‘It sounds fantastic, and the coverage is great,’ he says. ‘There’s not a bad seat in the house. And it looks terrific.’

More: www.communitypro.com


With a complete refurbishment only recently completed, the Spa Resort Hawaiians suffered badly during the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.A water resort in Japan’s Fukishima prefecture, the spa immediately to rebuild, including replacing its QSC Installation Line Array (ILA) Loudspeaker System.

Spa Resort HawaiiansQSC distributor Onkyo Tokki Ltd (OTK) was responsible for the original ILA installation as well as the reconstruction work. The entertainment area at the spa, which hosts evening Hula dance and Polynesian live music events, is located behind an indoor lido pool area, and is surrounded on three sides by two-tiered audience seating with a capacity of 700 people.

Prior to the refurbishment, the resort’s management was unsatisfied with the sound of the original PA. Due to the expansion of the entertainment area over the years, the existing 14-year-old system no longer provided even sound dispersion across the seating area. The managers needed it a system capable of achieving consistent coverage, laterally and vertically.

OTK recommended the QSC ILA as both the most efficient and cost-effective solution for the resort. As the ILA provides 140° horizontal range of coverage, no out fills or centre clusters were needed, further minimising cost and complexity. OTK installed 12 WL2082-i loudspeakers and two pairs of WL118-sw subwoofers. A dedicated SC28 system controller was chosen to optimise the performance of the system, in which the speakers were driven four-way (three-way plus subs) by a combination of QSC PowerLight PL325 and PL340 amplifiers.

Installed in two arrays mounted 5m from the ground, one on either side of the stage and each consisting of six WL2082-i elements and a pair of WL118-sw subs, the stage sound system succeeded in reproducing on-stage sound with vastly improved clarity and presence, delivering it evenly to every seat in the house – even the rear seats on the top tier, which are around 30 metres away from the twin QSC arrays.

Following the earthquake, reconstruction at Spa Resort Hawaiians took just under a year. According to OTK, the goal of the reconstruction work was to restore the systems at the resort to the state they were in the day before the disaster, and this was achieved by the time the resort reopened in February. To the delight of OTK’s engineers, when the structural works on the resort following the earthquake were complete, the QSC ILA and its constituent elements were found to be in full working order, requiring no repairs.

More: www.qscaudio.com
More: www.otk.co.jp


Britz CastleThe conversion of Berlin-Neukölln’s Britz Castle into a cultural centre, is now complete – providing the German city with a new 300-capacity concert and theatre hall

The technical spec for the venue was for a future-proof digital system that could easily be used by sound engineers of guest productions. It also needed to be portable to service not just the hall but other areas in the venue, and flexible and simple to configure, with the option to have wireless control for smaller events. The solution is centred on Allen & Heath’s iLive digital mixing system.

The iLive system comprises a Dante-enabled iDR-32 MixRack with iLive-T80 Control Surface, plus a PL-10 rotary panel for remote control.

iLive’s competitive price, built in compressor and EQ, as well as the possibility of the live recording of events via a laptop through the Dante interface, are cited as the main reasons it was selected: ‘iLive meets all requirements and expectations,’ says Dirk Förster, from System Integration Berlin. ‘The system is light weight, which made the installation easy, and has amazing technical flexibility.’

More: www.allen-heath.com
More: www.schlossbritz.de


Hosting off-Broadway theatrical runs, as well as national and regional musical acts, the Tuacahn Amphitheater is an outdoor venue in a dramatic setting in Southwest Utah.

Tuacahn AmphitheaterAccommodating nearly 2,000 people, the venue is set at the end of a red rock box canyon and draws visitors from nearby communities, as well as visitors from Las Vegas. Is shows (which have included Tarzan, Grease, Cats and Annie) are held to very artistic and technical standards on a par with those in New York City or London. Recently, Tuacahn rounded out that experience with powerful, authentic, low end delivered by two Danley Sound Labs TH-812 subwoofers.

Tuacahn was the first theatre company to be awarded an off-Broadway Disney production – Tarzan was a hit, and was follow up with The Little Mermaid. In anticipation, the facility invested heavily in its visual support.

Upgrades to the venue included the installation of intelligent lighting and a gigantic water-screen projection system. ‘The visual effects for The Little Mermaid were astounding,’ said Jesse Edgel, systems integrator with Poll Sound, the company that designed Tuacahn’s original sound system and assisted with the subwoofer upgrade.

For years, however, the otherwise first-rate venue limped along with marginally satisfactory low-end. ‘Before we upgraded to Danley, we always had to roll in extra subs for concerts,’ says Edgel. ‘It was a total pain.’

In anticipation of 2012 runs of Aladdin and Hairspray and concerts by Three Dog Night, Huey Lewis & The News, Martina McBride and others, Tuacahn Amphitheater determined to bring its bass response in line with every other aspect of it’s A/V system. Poll Sound arranged a blind shootout at the amphitheater involving the Danley TH-812 and top-of-the-line subwoofers from two other respected manufacturers. The TH-812 uses eight 12-inch drivers using Tom Danley’s patent-pending Tapped Horn technology. The design is highly efficient and even across its frequency band.

Everyone with an interest in the upgrade was present and rated the subs according to a number of criteria (‘how low does it go?’, ‘how musical does it sound?’). ‘The TH-812 was the overwhelming favourite based on the criteria,’ Edgel reports. ‘At SPLs typical of a theatrical production, the TH-812s have a nice, honest, deep sound. At concert SPLs, they can kick you in the chest.’ Tuacahn’s owners were surprised to learn that not only did the Danley TH-812s get the best reception but were half to a third of the cost of the other options.

‘It was a no-brainer,’ he adds. ‘The Danley was the best sounding box plus it was substantially less expensive.’

With the money saved, the facility invested in high-end, reliable power for the new subwoofers. Four FP 10000Qs, two FP 6000Qs, and two FP 14000s from Lab.gruppen power the two Danley TH-812s. In order to accommodate the many uses of the arena, Poll Sound installed each sub on its own dolly. The stage managers and sound engineers treat them like set pieces. In addition, Tuacahn ordered the maximum weatherproofing for the TH-812s so that they will endure the meteorological vicissitudes of the high desert.

With the 2012 season underway, several concerts have enjoyed the use of the Danley TH-812s. ‘The FOH engineers have been thrilled,’ Edgel says. ‘They have all said good things about the low-frequency extension. One engineer even eyed the setup suspiciously before the concert and observed that ‘mixed-brand’ systems seldom held together nicely. But when the show was over, he was an unabashed convert. The Danley low-end is undeniable.’

More: www.danleysoundlabs.com
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Marking Qatar’s sporting aspirations, The Aspire Zone attracts local and international sport enthusiasts to a 250 hectare site In Doha. Symbolising the spirit of the 2006 Asian Games, The Torch Doha is a 300m-high beacon of luxury, offering 360° views across the whole of the city.

The Torch DohaAVTech, Paxt’s distributor for Allen & Heath in Qatar, found itself facing a similarly tall order to install a user friendly solution – audio quality and system redundancy being the focal points. Comparing the conventional matrix processors in the market, AVTech opted for integrated Q-Sys system from QSC,and an Allen & Heath iDR-8 matrix mixer to provide separate audio management and control.

In seven meeting rooms, the AVTech team installed the Allen & Heath iDR-8 16x16 matrix mixer. The iDR-8 matrix mixer audio management facilities reduced the need for additional devices, as well as providing A&H preamps, 24-bit audio conversion and fixed DSP architecture. The iDR System Manager software offers customisation and control through user-defined configurations, custom EQ, mixing and PL-Anet remote control.

‘The Torch Doha, meeting rooms sound great with the processing power of the iDR8 and brings user friendly and reliable technology to each of the meeting rooms,’ says Pradeep Kumar, Project Manager for AVTech.

‘AVTech provided a high-quality and comprehensive turnkey solution, and is an excellent partner for Allen and Heath and Paxt,’ adds Hugo Feighery, International Sales Manager for Paxt. ‘The company is regularly involved in high-profile projects and promotes Allen and Heath very successfully.’

More: www.allen-heath.com
More: http://paxt.com
More: http://avtech.com.qa


Hosting lectures, ensemble concerts and other performances, it is masterclasses from the likes of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis that have put the University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall on the international music map. And with its music pedigree ensured, the university is eager to keep its sound system in step.

Ted Mann Concert HallTo this end, it has recently installed Lab.gruppen C 48:4 amplifiers. ‘Because we need natural sound at low and high volumes for both speech and music, subtlety is key,’ says Music Department Technical Coordinator, Phillip O’Toole.

In 2009, O’Toole noticed ‘a scratching sound’ coming from the hall’s aging custom centre cluster. ‘It was only noticeable at low volumes,’ he recalls. ‘I thought the PA had a bad driver, so I flew in the cluster and combed through every component – which is quite a chore – but couldn’t find it. Turned out it was a bad amplifier. When I hooked up eight channels of Lab, it sounded amazing. It just came to life.’

He has since added another four channels of Lab.gruppen amplification serving the 1,126-seat theatre/concert hall and intends to replace the system’s remaining amplifiers with Labs as soon as funds become available. ‘I often joke about dumping water on the older amps,’ he adds. ‘If they fail, we’ll have to replace them.’

Swapping out six of the pre-existing amplifiers with C 48:4s also allowed O’Toole to consolidate the venue’s amps in one rack. ‘They’ve saved a significant amount of space and installing them was easy to do,’ he reports. ‘The phoenix connectors really lend themselves well to a permanent installation application.’

Currently, these are driving Ted Mann’s custom loudspeaker array and the venue’s, four-box, stereo, main floor speaker system.

Beyond having the system retuned by Minneapolis-based, Audio Logic Systems, nothing else has changed, O’Toole explains, adding that his choice of Lab was based on his use of the product during an install at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair: ‘Once I had that experience I knew I wanted them for our space, and the interesting thing about this is that we’re using the same speakers, processing and console; we’ve only swapped out the amplifiers and I’ve noticed a marked difference.’

Phillip O’Toole has been the lead sound engineer and production manager at Ted Mann Concert Hall for 12 years and has advised the unversity’s Music Department on all equipment purchases and installations at both the venue and its main building, Ferguson Hall. Over his 20 years in professional audio, he has split his time equally between live production and recording and has recently begun doing sound design for local theatrical productions.

More: www.music.umn.edu/about/facilities/tedmann
More: www.labgruppen.com

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