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Constructed from eight recycled shipping containers on the outdoor terrace of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre is the Wahaca Southbank Experiment.

The Wahaca ExperimentRenowned architects Softroom developed the idea for using the shipping containers to remind visitors of the working history of the Southbank area of the river and also because their limited height allowed them to fit two floors in to the height of a single-storey space.

Handled by Marquee Installations, the audio system uses four zones covering ground and first floors, walkways and outside areas. To provide simple but flexible control and power, Marquee chose the Cloud Electronics 46/50 four-zone integrated mixer/amplifier with its optional 100V line module. APart Mask4T and Mask6T speakers are used throughout.

‘We chose the Mask loudspeakers for their discreet styling, audio quality and price, which fitted a realistic budget for the temporary nature of the project’, explained Stacey Tough of Marquee Installations. ‘The Mask loudspeakers are also suitable for indoor and outdoor use, enabling us to maintain consistent quality throughout the venue’. A media player provides the themed music playback for the system.

Wahaca Southbank Mexican RestaurantContrasting with the heavy concrete backdrop of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, each container is painted in one of four vibrant colours ranging from deep turquoise to straw yellow, providing a colourful contrast to the restaurant’s grey surroundings. One of the top floor containers has been cantilevered out over the restaurants ramped entrance to create a canopy above the ground floor. On the upper level, this cantilevering enhances views from the upstairs bar out over the river.

Inside the Wahaca Southbank Mexican restaurant, the front and back containers are connected via a glazed link, which houses the stairway connecting the two floors and floods the space with natural light. Each of the containers has its own character with a mix of bespoke, new and reclaimed furniture along with distinct lighting designs. Outside, there is a wide variety of areas in which to sit, from the booth seats, built in to the raised timber deck around the building, to the first floor terrace bar, to the street bar overlooking Queen’s Walk.

Mexican artists have been commissioned to create a changing series of murals for the restaurant, which will decorate the walls and structures that surround it.

With space for 130 diners, the Wahaca Southbank Experiment will remain open for at least 18 months, before moving to a new location.

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The opening of the £3.2m Monkton Senior School Music Centre in the UK brings ‘unrivalled facilities’ to the school’s pupils, as well as being commercially available as a rehearsal and performance space.

Monkton Senior School Music CentreCentral to its technical installion is a Roland M-300 Digital Console and S-1608 Digital Snake. Harmony Audio Visual chose the system as a solution for the multi-room element of an extravagant audio and visual production to mark the addition of the centre to one of the UK’s most prestigious schools.

More than 1,000 guests attended the opening weekend and were treated to a varied programme of music, from a Battle of the Bands competition on Friday evening, to a clarinet recital, a steel pan band and a 200 strong choir on Saturday – all showcasing the talents of current and former pupils of the school, including musician and songwriter Richard Stilgoe.

Harmony Audio Visual took charge of the event production which involved a live stage setup and FOH in the main auditorium and relaying the performances to the overflow audience in the chapel 100m away. The challenge was to consistently relay both the sound and vision without sync issues, time delay or any discernible loss of quality. By choosing the M-300 and S-1608 Digital Snake for the audio relay, both the console and the S-1608 could be connected using Cat5 – saving time on the set-up, providing a discrete cable solution and keeping costs down. Two Monkton Music Centrecameras were used in the main stage area to capture the visuals and Kramer VGA-Cat5 converters were used to relay the visual element to the chapel, converting from the camera output to Cat5 then back to VGA to project to the screen. This simple Cat5 solution delivered high-quality sound and visuals for the audience in the chapel without any synchronisation issues.

‘The sound quality and ease of use were great and we were able to pick up the menu options (of the M-300) quickly and from a financial point of view, the M-300 made sense. Roland will be Harmony’s digital desk of choice for the years to come’ commented Chris Irwin, Director of Harmony Audio Visual.

The M-300 has 32 mixing channels, LCR outputs, aux aux buses and four matrices. Built in REAC allows flexible system expansion and as part of the V-Mixing System including Digital Snakes, Personal Mixers and Multi Channel Recording, the M-300 provides a scalable solution for medium sized venues and is also lightweight and transportable. The S-1608 Digital Snake System is a small format audio snake solution for providing high-quality audio signal without high-frequency losses or physical bulk of an analogue snake.

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More than a decade after Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman ordered the building of an opera house, the project is complete. The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM), now stands in the Shati-Al-Qurm district of the city as Oman’s premier venue for musical arts and culture.

Royal Opera House MuscatDirected by legendary Italian TV and film director Franco Zeffirelli (who also designed the set) and conducted by Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, a lavish production of Turandot marked the 1,000-seat venue’s opening. Approximately 350 Italian performers were flown in on order of the Sultan, to create a musical night to remember.

At the beginning of the build, a team of 30 carpenters built a 1:5 scale model of the Sultan’s vision – which was regularly subject to change. Originally, the venue was to be known as the House of Musical Art, designed for orchestral and theatre productions, but it was decided that opera was to take priority.

Key to its technical system, local installer, Mustafa Sultan Enterprises, used five MediaMatrix Nion n3s for ROHM – two for the show relay system, and three for general production audio feeds.

Royal Opera House Muscat‘The system needed to be absolutely discreet for the user, so we put two Nions in to deal with show relay, feeding audio to the dressing room speakers and back of house, plus taking audio and putting it back out for recording – and another three Nions to route all the various production audio feeds round to the various speakers and processors in the theatre,’ explains Richard Northwood of COMS,

an independent consultant who helped with the programming and design of the installation.’ It’s an integral part of the audio system, but entirely invisible, of course.’

The Nions send signal to all 70 of the auditorium’s loudspeakers, using its fixed presets.

‘Because the venue is meant for live sound, you tend to shy away from automation, so the Nion’s fixed presets do just what I want them to,’ he adds. ‘They are operated from a touchpanel, then everything else is done live on the mixer. In a theatre environment, everything has to patch around and change because you don’t know what show’s coming in next – that’s why the Nions are such an important part of the installation.’

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German soccer team the Offenbach Kickers are renowned for the loyalty of fans who fans who have supported the club through its many ups and downs. Now the Kickers, based near Frankfurt, have a new home – a futuristic, €25m stadium sponsored by the local Sparda Bank in their native German state of Hesse.

Sparda Bank StadiumImprovements to the outdated, underpowered audio playback systems at the Kickers’ home ground were high on the list of fans’ requirements before reconstruction began, and the new Sparda Bank Stadium has not disappointed. A Q-Sys platform controls all the audio in the stadium from the main operations centre, including the associated PA/VA system.

QSC equipment is also used to power the loudspeakers hanging in the stadium eaves. QSC PowerLight amps, in service for many years at the Kickers’ old stadium, have been re-commissioned for use in the new facility, following extensive performance testing at the headquarters of the QSC distributor in Germany, Shure Distribution. A QSC CX302 power amplifier was additionally purchased to power new fill-in loudspeakers at the outlying reaches of the stadium.

Cable runs in a large stadium can be up to several hundred meters – as in this case, where each spectator stand has its own control centre. The centre in the main stand also acts as the audio control centre for the whole ground, and houses the Q-Sys Core 1000 processor. This is linked to the other control rooms via a fibre-optic cable network which allows full integration with the Q-Sys I/O Frames in the individual stand control centres. These in turn act as the audio I/O boxes for the inputs and outputs in each stand, converting the analogue signals to digital and back as required.

Most of the design work on the Q-Sys platform at the stadium was carried out according to the club’s requirements using the Q-Sys Designer software before installation took place on site. The completed design was loaded into the Core 1000 unit when the units were installed at the stadium, and final adjustments were then made to accommodate the practical realities of the installation.

All the audio systems in the ground can now be adjusted and controlled from a wireless-connected laptop if required.

‘I’ve never worked with an audio networking platform that was so easy to integrate as Q-Sys,’ says Alexander Hülshorst, head of the stadium reconstruction project at design and construction company, Beckhoff Technik.

With four weatherproof, covered spectator stands in the style of recently constructed English stadia, capacity for more than 20,000 spectators, ten VIP boxes, a special reception area for business club members and various fashionable retail outlets, the Sparda Bank Stadium has been completed in time for the club’s 111th anniversary.

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‘Never ordinary,’ observes experienced club owner Toni Martinez, ‘Right from the start, when Branko Perković approached me, I could see this would be a unique venue.’

Green GoldThe club in question is Green Gold, in the centre od Zagreb. Branko Perković is the property developer who owns the purpose-built leisure centre in whose atrium space Green Gold can be found. ‘There is no popular band in Croatia who hasn’t played here since we opened – and they all had positive comments regarding the sound system,’ Martinez reports.

Perković’s concept was for the four cafe-bars that surround the atrium to double as clubs in the evening, and for them all to share a larger performance space in the middle. The bars have their own themes. ‘Branko engaged me as a partner for my club experience,’ Martinez elaborates. ‘I organised the main stage and brought in Tomislav Koran, or Kuki as I know him, from Sunflower to design and specify a PA system. I needed someone of Kuki’s expertise; the atrium space is like all such buildings, a tall reverberant space. The audio specification would need to be tight. Besides, I didn’t want flower pots shaking off the walls and falling on someone’s head.’

‘Toni called me in July 2011 when the building was already in construction,’ Koran says, picking up the story. ‘Top bands and leading European DJs were their target artists, so I immediately thought to use d&b audiotechnik. Toni and Branko would need something internationally recognised with a good reputation.’

The PA system installed by Sunflower is based on d&b T10 loudspeakers with T-Subs and six of the new 18S-Subs from the d&b White installation range. ‘I made an Ease simulation and determined that the T-Series T10 loudspeaker in line array orientation would be perfect. At 105° horizontal it gave ideal coverage and power for an audience at short range; coupled with exact vertical control so I could keep the main energy off the reverberant surfaces. The additional 18S-Subs gave me the ability to localise and reinforce the low end in the surrounding bar/clubs, again without exciting the walls.’

‘When I saw the place for the first time and Mr Perković and I were talking about sound I was not worried at all. I said to myself, Kuki will solve everything,’ Martinez says. ‘And he did.’

In the few months since it opened, the club has hosted just about every famous artist and DJ in Croatia… ‘and international acts,’ Martinez adds. ‘In May, Edward Maya played here, Inna played here in June and Barbara Tucker just last month.


Pulling more than 20m visitors annually to the highlands of Malaysia, Resorts World Genting recently commissioned a new Nexo Geo-T line array installation for its Arena of Stars amphitheatre, replacing its original Nexo sound reinforcement system from 2000.

Arena of StarsIts primary entertainment centre, the 45,000-sq-ft. Arena of Stars amphitheatre is a 5300-seat venue that has staged in excess of 1,300 concerts since opening 12 years ago. Among the international performers to have appeared here are Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, Kenny G, Black Eye Peas, Vienna Boys Choir from Austria, Kitaro, Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok, Sam Hui and Sammi Cheng.

When it was first opened in 2000 as one of the first venues of its kind in the region, the amphitheatre was equipped with a Nexo Alpha system. Last July, it again called on Nexo to meet its sound requirements. The project was undertaken by Nexo’s Malaysia Distributor, Audio Solutions, which supplied and installed the system, with testing and commissioning handled by Scott Mason and Stuart Kerrison from Nexo.

‘To ensure that our solutions met the objectives of the venue’s management, we used Nexo’s NS-1 simulation and configuration tool,’ says Rico Yong, sales engineer at Audio Solutions. ‘This enabled us to configure our speaker systems for optimal performance offering uniform SPL coverage. Arena of Stars is a large venue; the software provided us with the correct configurations to ensure exceptional coverage with minimized sound reflection and even coverage.’

This time round, the speaker system consists mainly of the Nexo Geo-T boxes, as they have an extremely high-output and, because of their size, they are light and easy to rig. The 5° Hyperboloid Reflective Wavesource in the Geo-T4805 is optimised so that multiple Geo loudspeakers coherently radiate tangent wavefronts, allowing the curved vertical arrays to deliver consistent front-to-rear SPL across all coverage areas.

A flown center cluster comprises four Geo T4805 5° array modules with two Geo-T2815 15-inch array modules controlled by Nexo’s NX242-ES4 processor.

The flown LR cluster consists of ten Geo-T4805 boxes with two Geo -2815 that controlled by a NX242-ES4 processor. The LR side fills use 12 Geo-T4805 units and two Geo-T2815 boxes, and are controlled by a NX242-ES4 processor. Front fill consists of existing Nexo PS15s and the Camco DX24 power amplifier that were upgraded with Nexo’s NX242-ES4 processor.

Subwoofers placed at ground level under the main cluster are configured as left and right, with 12 18-inch RaySub 18PTs controlled by a NX242-ES4 processor. The RaySubs provide high sound pressure level output and offer long-throw even coverage. All audio is managed by an XTA DP 448 system.

An existing Midas Heritage 4000 is used for FOH mixing with a new Yamaha PM5D purchased for monitoring and supported by a Nexo NX-Y16ES 16-channel Ethersound digital interface. The management and control of the Ethersound network is via an Auvitran AVE-Es monitor system.

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A traditional fishing village on the west coast of Lantau Island, Tai O offers a surprising escape from the intensity of Hong Kong. Recently, the Tai O Heritage Hotel restored the village’s 100-year old police station, ‘adding modern amenities without overwhelming the building’s aesthetic’. Among these is Tai O Lookout, a restaurant with a view from the top of the building and a discrete sound system.

Tai O LookoutObserving the Tai O Heritage atmosphere, Hong Kong-based A/V design company Sound Classy Holding gave the restaurant a high-fidelity system based on the Symetrix Jupiter 8 signal processor, Symetrix ARC-2e user interface, and a Fulcrum Acoustics loudspeaker system.

The system is designed to offer intuitive operation to restaurant staff, but also to be capable of implementing FIR filtering for the Fulcrum Acoustics Prophile series ‘P’ loudspeakers – which Sound Classy had specified for their ability to blend into the architecture of the space.

A few wireless microphones join a CD player and an iPod docking station at the input side of the Symetrix Jupiter 8. Australian Monitor XA Series amplifiers power the distributed loudspeaker system across four separate zones, each with independent volume control.

The Jupiter series processors use a ‘app’ design topology – just as a Smartphone can become any number of divergent tools, the Jupiter can turn into any number of divergent signal processors. Users simply upload an app for a particular sound-processing situation, and the Jupiter configures itself appropriately. Sound Classy specified the Sound Reinforcement 10 app, which has all the necessary routing logic and signal processing (including FIR filters) for Tai O Lookout. The addition of a simple Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote allows restaurant staff to select the input and to adjust volumes within the different zones.

‘No other processor is so easy to set up, so great sounding, and so affordable as the Symetrix Jupiter,’ says Him Chan, system designer at Sound Classy. ‘Not only was it simple to find and install the correct app, it was easy to dial in the correct settings on the FIR filters. The hotel owners and the restaurant staff are very happy with the sound and its operation.’

Sound Classy works directly with Sanecore Audio, Symetrix’ distributor in Hong Kong.

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Opened in early 2012, the Jurmala Dance Center is the Latvia’s first professional and fully-equipped dance studio. With attention to quality that extends from the floor and surroundings to the sound and lighting, the facility aims to recreate the feeling of being on a real stage for the students.

Jurmala Dance CenterJurmala offers dance lessons for every taste, from classic and ballet to club dance and hip-hop, so the sound system has to be able to cope with every eventuality. Audiovisual company Unique was invited to design and install the audio and intelligent lighting, and asked to provide a powerful and systems that are easy to use and offer long-term reliability. The solution involved using Tannoy loudspeakers throughout.

Jurmala Dance Centre has two main dance halls. The largest (140m2) is equipped with four Tannoy VX 8s supplemented with two VS 15BP subwoofers. The VX 8 is an evolution of the successful V8, renowned for its performance and versatility. It provides a compact and punchy solution for small-to-medium scale performance sound reinforcement –like JDC. The overall audio system is powered by an APart Champ 3D digital amplifiers with an American Audio UCD200 CD/USB/MP3 player as source. The smaller hall (67m2) had a similar system, with two VX 8s and one VS 15BP sub.

In the corridors, changing rooms, lobby and gym, Unique went for a mix of Tannoy’s CVS 6 in-ceiling loudspeakers and the DVS Series, complemented with a TS 10 subwoofer. The system is again powered by APart amplifiers.

JDC‘We chose Tannoy because of the compact design and superior sound offered by their new VX series loudspeakers,’ says Rihards Rubenis of Unique. ‘They are doing the job very well, and to be honest, even we were surprised at the clarity and power the system delivers to the dancefloor.

‘We used the Tannoy DVS 6 for Gym Hall together with a Tannoy TS 10 subwoofer, and I have to admit that the sound in there is like in a nightclub – massive and clear. For a price vs performance ration, the DVS is unparalled. The CVS 6 loudspeakers were used for other rooms, and they are perfect for background music.’

‘Our goal was to have a powerful and crystal clear sound in main dance halls,’ says Vera Sidorova, Director of the Jurmala Dance Center. ‘When we heard the Tannoy audio system installed, it was clear that the goal had been reached. The Tannoy loudspeaker system literally fill the dance halls with outstanding sound. What we liked so much is that the sound is not disturbing, it is soft but powerful, and that is a perfect combination for our students.’

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Its unorthodox to the use of sound has earned the new Comal restaurant in Berkeley’s downtown Arts District the attention of publications like San Francisco Chronicle and Fast Company.

Comal restaurantUsing the Libra acoustic image system and Constellation active acoustic system from Meyer Sound, the restuarnt is able to dynamically control the sound space – using an iPad, Comal’s management can maintain the desired ambience, while still allowing intimate conversations, regardless of occupancy levels.

After 17 years of managing the rock band Phish, Comal owner John Paluska has found a new calling in running a restaurant, as well as new environment for his use of sound. ‘It’s a hot-button issue in the restaurant world these days,’ he says. ‘Noise is one of the top complaints in reviews and surveys. At Comal, we don’t want a space that is hushed and dead-sounding. We want it festive, but never overbearing.’

To achieve this balance, Meyer Sound engineers first controlled the acoustics using, in part, the Libra acoustic image system, installed here for the first time. Custom-designed with stunning imagery under the artistic direction of Deborah O’Grady, the Libra panels damp difficult reverberant spaces using tailored combinations of fabric types, frame depth, and underlying acoustical absorption.

To actively control the depth and texture of ambient sound – both conversation and foreground music – the Meyer Sound team then added the Constellation acoustic system. Constellation picks up a room’s ambient sound and, after applying the VRAS reverberation algorithm, regenerates an enhanced wash of sound throughout the space at the optimum levels. Three presets, adjustable via an iPad, are provided to adjust for changing occupancy levels. The restaurant can also heighten the ‘buzz’ around the bar and lower it for the guests in the dining areas.

Designed as a proof of concept, the system covering Comal’s 3,000-sq-ft indoor area uses 38 Meyer Sound UPJunior VariO and 45 MM-4XP loudspeakers, 12 MM-10 miniature subwoofers and 28 microphones. The loudspeakers are distributed around the restaurant to support the Constellation system and provide low-distortion background music. Digital processing is hosted by the D-Mitri digital audio platform.

‘I use the analogy of a portrait photo taken with shallow depth of field,’ Paluska, explains. ‘Up close, the image is sharply detailed, while behind it there is a pleasantly textured but undefined setting. That’s the sound environment here. We’re creating sonic microclimates, where people in proximity can converse easily, yet we still have an energetic buzz in the atmosphere. It’s always convivial, but it doesn’t distract or exhaust you.’

In addition to the main dining and bar area, Comal features a sound reinforcement system of 14 UP-4XP and two UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers, and MM-10 subwoofers installed in its hallway and its 2,500-sq-ft enclosed patio.

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EM Acoustics has appointed Stage Electrics as a UK dealer.

Stage ElectricsThe agreement between the two companies allows the British loudspeaker manufacturer to reinforce its presence in the UK market, while Stage Electrics adds a premium loudspeaker line to its portfolio of high-end audio brands.

‘We listened to a whole range of speakers and we were continually drawn back to the EM Acoustics products,’ says Stage Electrics’ Business Development Manager for Audio, James Gosney. ‘The energy and philosophy of this independent manufacturer sits very well with our aims. We strive to deliver well designed and high quality audio and the EM range just sounds superb.’

‘Stage Electrics is probably the leading supplier to the entertainment industry in the UK, and so the market exposure that this affords us is huge,’ offers EM Acoustics Operations Director, Mike Wheeler. ‘As Jamie [Gosney] says, I think that we are an ideal fit for one another – Stage Electrics is very strong in the installed sound and theatre markets, which is where we do a lot of our business, and I know that we have the quality and range of products to meet, and indeed exceed, all of their clients’ expectations.’

‘We have had a really positive reaction from all the customers to whom we have shown the EM Acoustics products,’ says Director of Sales, Anna Western. ‘The range of speakers is both versatile and well thought out. For further details, please don’t hesitate to contact us to book a demo in your own venue.’

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