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TM Audio specs Renkus-Heinz IC Live for Museum Speelklok

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The Netherlands – February 2012….  A beautifully renovated museum boasting Europe’s largest collection of street organs has had its central space turned into a live performance area, attracting top Dutch artists, with its acoustics tamed by a Renkus-Heinz IC Live system installed by TM Audio.

Dedicated to Europe’s largest display of street organs, Museum Speelklok was founded in 1956 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In 1984 the museum acquired a large church, whose restored interior now houses the collection.

Visitors are given a guided tour with explanations of each organ’s backstory. Some of the pieces – which range from hand-cranked barrel organs to vast, mechanically driven multi-instrument extravaganzas, rate among the world’s first and finest digital instruments, programmed by the equivalent of computer punch tape, a long strip of tough paper dotted with differently shaped holes that the organ’s ‘tape reader’ translates into instruments, notes, ‘channel’ volume and more.

Says Dirkjan Haspels, the museum’s head of events: “All the instruments are real instruments, there’s never a loudspeaker: you’re always hearing a string or a bell, an organ pipe or whatever. So throughout the history of this museum we have very much been against all sorts of amplifiers and loudspeakers, because that is the enemy of what our instruments did beforehand.”

He explains that the one part of the building that was rarely used was the central space, originally the church’s nave, due largely to its poor acoustics. However, all that changed recently when the vacant nave was transformed into a live performance space, allowing musicians and singers to perform in combination with instruments from the museum’s collection. The idea was inspired by earlier collaborations with musicians in theatres and at festivals, and by the museum team’s ability to program new tracks onto the paper strips.

Haspels continues: “For us the shows were a great success because new audiences came to see and hear the instruments and said ah, an organ doesn’t only play Tulips from Amsterdam or whatever – it can also play new music like hip-hop and jazz, which really opened their eyes.”

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Bringing those performances to Museum Speelklok itself entailed a €1.5m Dutch BankGiro Lottery grant, used both to acoustically treat the space and finance a PA system.

“To transform this part of the church into a concert hall,” continues Haspels, “I took a lot of expert advice and several sound systems were tested in the nave. Many people came to listen, including our resident system engineer, GertJan Schoutsen – and the verdict for us all was clearly the Renkus-Heinz IC Live.

“It is quite hard to see, which makes me happy; just two little columns and the subwoofers. Yet it’s the first time that it’s been possible to have 500 people listening to amplified sound from the stage here without problems.”

The IC Live system consists of four 8-channel Renkus-Heinz ICL-R digitally steerable columns, mounted in one double stack per side atop matching IC215 2×15″ self powered subwoofers. These take their signal via RHAON (Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network) from a 16 channel Yamaha 01V96 with an Allen & Heath iDR8 digital mix processor. The stage is covered by four Renkus-Heinz CF121M2 12+2″ self powered monitors.

TM Audio project and application engineer Olaf Landzaat comments: “IC Live dealt with the acoustical issues, which are typical for a church. With conventional loudspeakers you’d get a lot of reflections whereas with IC Live you can manipulate the beams to reduce reflections, to get as good speech intelligence and sound as possible.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

 

Pollstar Awards Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Festival… Again!

The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, accompanied by fireworks, is reinforced via an L-ACOUSTICS V-DOSC rig

Two longtime L-ACOUSTICS users are honored for the eighth time

LOS ANGELES — L-ACOUSTICS proudly congratulates both the Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival for taking top honors in the 23rd annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards ceremony held on Friday, February 2 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Both the Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Festival are known for their longtime use of L-ACOUSTICS loudspeakers. more

HARMAN Audio Components Grace the Stage at 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards

NORTHRIDGE, California – As in years past, HARMAN Professional audio components played a crucial role in the live sound reinforcement system at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, held February 12 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. ATK Audiotek provided live sound reinforcement at the venue, relying on JBL VERTEC® line arrays and AKG microphones.

The annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, known as Music’s Biggest Night®, is presented by The Recording Academy® to honor outstanding achievements in the production and performance of recorded music. This year’s awards featured performances by some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys, Bruno Mars and others, highlighted by a special tribute to Glen Campbell. Adele earned multiple GRAMMY Awards, including Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year for “Rolling in the Deep,” and Album Of The Year for 21.

This year’s GRAMMY Awards also featured performances by HARMAN’s JBL “Hear the Truth” campaign artists Paul McCartney and Maroon 5, while HARMAN artist Kanye West won four awards.

ATK Audiotek provided the main PA system, which featured four arrays each containing 12 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements, plus two arrays of six VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers each. An additional 12 VRX932 Constant Curvature loudspeakers were used for front fill.

The STAPLES Center also features a newly installed JBL VERTEC line array system, which ATK Audiotek utilized in addition to some temporary components. The STAPLES Center system features eight arrays each containing between 11 and 13 JBL VT4889DP-DA powered line array elements, plus two fill clusters each containing four VT4889DP-DA elements, which are specially positioned to cover the end seating areas. The system also features four subwoofer arrays, each containing six VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers.

ATK Audiotek also equipped all three pianos on stage with three AKG C414 microphones each. The pianos were featured in multiple performances throughout the GRAMMY Awards, including performances by Diana Krall, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys. Rusty Anderson, who played guitar during Paul McCartney’s performance, used an AKG DMS700 digital wireless system in his guitar setup, while Chris Brown used a Crown CM311 microphone for vocals.

“Providing live sound for the GRAMMY Awards is always a unique challenge, given the variety of performers and elaborate productions,” said Brett Valasek, General Manager, ATK Audiotek. “VERTEC line arrays consistently perform well for us and our system, combined with the new in-house PA system at the STAPLES Center, provided the necessary coverage and output to deliver high-quality sound to the live audience.”

For more information on ATK Audiotek, please visit www.atkaudiotek.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

Hollywood Casino Joliet Goes First Class with K-array Installation

Chicago – February 16, 2012: Offering the excitement of Hollywood just 45 minutes outside of Chicago, Hollywood Casino Joliet recently underwent a major renovation to its entertainment and dining pavilion, which was destroyed by a fire in March 2009. Hollywood Stadium, a sports bar/entertainment venue located within the pavilion, has since been completely rebuilt and now boasts the latest technology and audiovisual elements, including an 80 x 20-foot screen, over 40 flat-screen TVs and a K-array loudspeaker system, the latter of which is distributed by audio specialist Sennheiser.

“After the fire, we took the opportunity to bring our pavilion up to speed both aesthetically and technologically,” recalls Justin Sattazahn, audio-visual supervisor of Hollywood Casino Joliet. “In Hollywood Stadium, I was looking for a stealthy loudspeaker system that would provide great sightlines and high fidelity throughout the room.” He chose a K-array system, including two KK200 arrays mounted to poles on either side of the stage, four KL18ma subwoofers — each of which was mounted inside the stage — and (4) KF12 self-powered monitors.

A Non-Traditional Solution in a Forward-Thinking Venue
Sattazahn, who has a background in the touring industry and recently made the move to casino entertainment, knew that a traditional horn-loaded P.A. system would not be suitable for Hollywood Stadium — which presented both acoustic and visual challenges. The visual challenges included maintaining unobstructed viewing angles to the stage performers, the massive projector screen and the flat-screen televisions scattered throughout the room.

“My initial design was going to be your standard hanging J-style line array,” Sattazahn recalls. “However, since the sightlines were so important and since I was dealing with a room that was very acoustically reflective, the K-array was by far the best choice.” The room, which measures 60 x 125 feet, has 45-feet-high ceilings and is constructed primarily of concrete. “There were a lot of acoustic challenges that we had to overcome, not the least of which were all the reflective surfaces.”

The precise sound dispersion patterns of the KK200 — which have a horizontal throw of 110 degrees and a vertical throw of just seven degrees — helped Sattazahn and his team overcome the acoustic challenges of the venue while maintaining unobstructed sightlines towards the stage. Moreover, by installing the K-array solution, every seat in the house offers a pristine audio experience.

Smooth sounds in a small, powerful package
When it is not a sports bar, Hollywood Stadium is transformed into an intimate music venue that caters to smooth jazz, country, Top 40 dance music and everything in between. Musicians of all genres regularly pass through the venue, and Sattazahn says that so far, the loudspeaker system has gotten high marks: “One of the bigger regional bands that comes in here is called 7th Heaven. When they first saw the K-array system, they said, ‘Is this it?’ But by the end of the show, they had no doubt that the K-array could handle everything they had and a lot more!”

The new K-array system receives regular praise from both performers and patrons alike: “We get a lot of compliments that this is the best system that they’ve ever heard,” says Sattazahn. “Some bands describe the sound as ‘smooth’, and say that it’s as if they are listening to their performance through a set of studio monitors — but in a live setting.”

Based on the successful performance of the K-array system in Hollywood Stadium, Hollywood Casino Joliet is already planning on installation additional K-array equipment in other locations in the near future. “K-array fits our brand and the high-end feel we are trying to achieve in our casino, so we are looking at adding new elements within the casino and the nightclub. K-array is already at the top of my list,” Sattazahn concludes.

ATK Audiotek Utilizes HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays for Custom Cart System and House PA at Lucas Oil Stadium For Super Bowl XLVI

NORTHRIDGE, California – ATK Audiotek recently provided audio services for Super Bowl XLVI, marking the 15th straight year the company has been involved in the country’s biggest sporting event. Once again, ATK Audiotek deployed its custom-designed cart system with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays for the Halftime Show and Post-Game Show of the Super Bowl, held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 5, 2012. The carts were also used for Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s rendition of “America the Beautiful” and Kelly Clarkson’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Super Bowl XLVI was broadcast via NBC, and for the third straight year became the most watched Super Bowl in history, viewed by an estimated 111.3 million people. Madonna starred in the Halftime Show, which also included guest appearances by Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo and MIA. The Post-Game Show included the Lombardi Trophy presentation, awarded to this year’s NFL champion New York Giants.

For Super Bowl XLVI, ATK Audiotek deployed its custom-designed cart system, which allows for easy setup between events, and quick transport of the VERTEC loudspeakers on and off the field. Each of the 18 carts included four JBL VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements and two VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers.

In addition to its cart system, ATK also utilized the JBL VERTEC and VLA line arrays that comprise the house PA system at Lucas Oil Stadium. ESCO Communications installed the system, which was designed by WJHW, for Lucas Oil Stadium’s opening in 2008.

“The VERTEC line arrays provide an optimal combination of light weight, fidelity and output power capability, making them ideal for our cart system,” said Brett Valasek, General Manager, ATK Audiotek. “The in-house PA system at Lucas Oil Stadium also sounds terrific and helped us deliver high-quality audio to the crowd of approximately 70,000 people.”

For more information on ATK Audiotek, please visit www.atkaudiotek.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

D.A.S. AUDIO DEPLOYED AT LAS VEGAS’ IMPERIAL PALACE

**** Photo: Human Nature performing ****

Las Vegas, NV – February 2012… Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the Imperial Palace has been a prominent tourist destination for years—thanks in no small part to the fact that it houses the world’s largest and finest classic car showroom, a wealth of entertainment options, as well as the property’s prime location for the city’s booming convention business and its easy access to the Las Vegas monorail. The hotel’s Human Nature Theater is particularly popular and features Australia’s Human Nature—The Ultimate Celebration of Motown, showcasing the distinctive, dynamic harmonies of members Toby Allen, Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney, and Michael Tierney. The theater recently received a substantial upgrade of its sound reinforcement system, all of which is derived from the Aero Series 2 catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio. more

HARMAN Professional Audio System Boosts Serbia’s Concert of the Year

Studio Berar provided a comprehensive HARMAN audio system for NS Koncert Godine 2011, highlighted by JBL VERTEC line arrays.

NOVI SAD, Serbia – When the NS Koncert Godine 2011 (Serbia’s NS Concert of the Year) took place recently, local HARMAN Professional distributor Studio Berar fielded premium products from the Group brand portfolios to ensure that the near-capacity 9,500-person crowd who assembled in the Great Hall of the Sport & Business Centre Vojvodina (aka SPENS) in Novi Sad were treated to a memorable audio experience.

Since this is the largest centre of its kind in the Balkans—and the event hosted all the year’s best bands in a 9-hour back-to-back show—Studio Berar needed to draw on all of its 28 years’ experience, which in the case of NS Koncert Godine dates back to 1993.

Working with production managers Momcilo Berar and Emil Berar, the service company took responsibility for the entire technical realization, including stage, rigging and lighting, as well as the sound.

For the main PA system, Studio Berar rigged 20 HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array elements (10 per side), with eight VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers on each flank covering the main auditorium and giant balconies. Twelve further VT4889’s provided outfill coverage, with a pair of VT4888 midsize line array elements assigned for infill duties.

The entire system was set up and optimized using HARMAN Professional’s HiQnet System Architect™ 3.0, with system management under dbx DriveRack 4800 control.

Other processing was also drawn exclusively from the HARMAN catalogue and included dbx IEQ 31 graphic EQ, Lexicon PCM 91 and PCM 96 reverbs, BSS DPR-402 and DPR-404 compressor/de-essers and DPR-504 gate. This was all reinforced with JBL powered VP7212 loudspeakers.

Studio Berar also took the opportunity to field its two Soundcraft Vi6™ digital consoles in the FOH and monitor positions—both configured with stage box and local racks. In addition a Soundcraft MH2 analogue desk was deployed for the second stage.

The highlight of the event, according to Studio Berar’s marketing manager, Lazar Josanov, was the continuous music—thanks to the deployment of the second ‘No Break’ stage. “Both stages were situated in the north-west corner of the hall, and close to each other, so that fans didn’t need to turn round to follow performers on the adjacent stages,” he said. “An advantage of this was that some of the same equipment could be utilized for both stages.

Of the auxiliary stage, Josanov reports that production was thrilled with this new approach, which enabled the musical marathon to take place without a break. “On the main stage were the older, more famous bands and while they were changing over, young up-and-coming artists were reveling in their first 15 minutes of fame on the No Break stage,” he said. Major acts appearing included Partibrejkers, Sunshine, Eyesburn and Ritam Nereda.

Studio Berar’s technicians, who also undertook necessary Vi6 induction, were main sound engineer Ivan Paplacko, while Zoran Matic supervised the No Break stage. “These are among the most experienced sound technicians in Serbia and we were delighted to have them in our team,” praised Lazar.

“As for the Soundcraft desks, they were fantastic; we have two Vi6s and take every opportunity to put them out on our shows. Ergonomically they are laid out with everything in front of the operator, and there is no need to look around when running the show. Using Soundcraft Vi6s, technicians have the mix right in the palm of their hand.”

From the desks they also supplied a MADI bridge to enable the entire event to be recorded on a Mack Audio recording station.

Summing up, Lazar Josanov described the event as a major success. “We had 1500 more visitors than last year and this was due to the efforts of the whole Studio Berar production team, the No Break stage and, of course, the very best HARMAN Professional sound reinforcement. It was unquestionably the best concert of the year in Serbia.”

For more information on Studio Berar, please visit http://www.studioberar.com

For more information on NS Koncert Godine, please visit http://www.koncertgodine.com or http://sr-rs.facebook.com/KoncertGodine

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church Sings Praises for Iconyx Digitally Steerable Loudspeakers

Poway, CA – February 2012…. More than a decade has passed since Fr. Michael Froidurot and the planning committee at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church set in motion their vision for a new worship space. Recently, the church unveiled their long-awaited new sanctuary to thundering applause from the congregation and accolades from the surrounding south Poway community.

Designed in traditional cruciform style bydesign-build contractor T. B. Penick & Sons, Inc. and architects Hyndman & Hyndman, the church’s patience and meticulous planning are clearly evident in its stunning architecture. Toward the front of the church, the pulpit and altar reside beneath a massive domed wood and aluminum barreled ceiling that has been blow-torched and sanded to give it a rustic appearance. Hundreds of unfinished wood pews sit atop an expansive polished concrete floor, surrounded by a drywall interior.

Although visually stunning, the many reverberant surfaces throughout the new building posed a challenge for AMT Systems Inc., the Santa Clarita, CA-based audio visual contractor responsible for designing and installing the church’s new audio system. Like many contemporary churches, St. Gabriel’s incorporates music into most worship services, with live musicians and vocalists frequently featured in religious services. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, AMT Systems had to provide a steerable system with high intelligibility and musical output.

“It’s a gorgeous looking facility, but acoustically it presented some difficult musicality and intelligibility issues,” explains AMT Systems’ Mike Shelton. “Cruciform architecture presents its own special challenges. Typically you have sound bouncing all over the place, muddying the intelligibility with echoes and timing problems. It’s very hard to get even coverage in cruciform transept spaces.”

Together with St. Gabriel’s, AMT selected Iconyx digitally steerable line array loudspeaker technology from Renkus-Heinz. Two IC32/16-R systems are column-mounted on either s side of the domed ceiling. The pastoral mics route back to a DSP processor controlled by a Crestron touch screen and iPad. All musical instrument inputs route to a Yamaha LS9 mixer. Both inputs remain live throughout the program or service.

Utilizing Beamware modeling software, Shelton configured shape and throw distance to direct sound to the nave and other areas that have previously been dead spaces. Shelton reports that Beamware helped them eliminate much of the need for acoustical treatment, now only necessary on the domed ceiling to ensure maximum sound absorption from its highly reflective corrugated aluminum panels.

“The church has really perfected their use of the Iconyx technology with this audio system,” Shelton says. “They’re extremely pleased with the musical quality and the voice intelligibility is outstanding. Everybody loves the system.”

 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Rat Sound and L-ACOUSTICS Help the Stars Shine at the Observatory

Tiësto at the Observatory on New Year's Day 2012

Santa Ana’s Galaxy Theatre, now under new management, splits into two venues and updated with acoustic treatments and KARAi system

SANTA ANA, California — Orange County’s 40-year-old Galaxy Theatre changed ownership back in August and has now undergone a significant metamorphosis into two separate live performance spaces: the intimate 350-capacity Constellation Room and much larger Observatory, which can accommodate an audience of over 1000. One of the primary improvements made to the venue in the process was the installation of an L-ACOUSTICS KARAi line source array system provided by Certified Provider Rat Sound Systems, Inc. of Camarillo, California. more

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Norway’s Kilden Performing Arts Centre Opens With Extensive HARMAN Audio System

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – The new Kilden Performing Arts Centre (Konserthuset Kilden) in the Norwegian city of Kristiansand is one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated arts venues in Scandinavia. Constructed at a cost of 1.7 billion NOK (US $287.3 million) and covering a gross area of 15,000 square meters, Kilden features an advanced technological infrastructure across four separate halls. To meet the high demands of this prestigious new facility, territorial distributor LydRommet AS provided a massive variety of HARMAN audio components for the sound reinforcement systems in each space, including JBL VERTEC® line array elements, BSS Soundweb London digital networking, Crown CTs Series amplifiers and Soundcraft Vi Series consoles.

Owned by the Kristiansand Local Council and Vest-Agder County Council, who helped fund it, Kilden will be the joint center for Agder Regional Theater, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Opera Sør (the regional opera company). ALA Architects of Finland designed the complex so that all halls can be used simultaneously. The Concert Hall is the largest space with 1,185 seats, while the Theater accommodates 700 seats, and the Multi Hall and Small Auditorium can seat 235 and 150 seats, respectively.

The Concert Hall is equipped with 24 JBL VERTEC VT4887DP-DA powered compact line array elements, a center cluster of two JBL VP7212/64DP-DA and one JBL VP7212/95DP-DA powered loudspeaker, eight JBL VPSB7118DP powered subwoofers, four JBL AC28 compact loudspeakers, 14 JBL AC2212/00 compact loudspeakers, four JBL AC26 ultra-compact loudspeakers, with Crown CTs amplifiers assigned to the non-powered loudspeakers. Processing was carried out in a BSS Soundweb London environment, with front of house mixing via a Soundcraft Vi6.

The Theater features 32 JBL VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements powered by Crown VRack systems, a center cluster of two JBL VP7212/95DP-DA and one JBL VP7212/64DP-DA powered loudspeaker. An additional eight JBL AC26 ultra-compact loudspeakers and 12 JBL 8350 cinema surround loudspeakers round out the system, powered by Crown CTs amplifiers. The same Soundweb components were installed as in the Concert Hall, along with another Soundcraft Vi6.

The Multi Hall is equipped with three JBL VP7212/95DP-DA powered loudspeakers, with two JBL VPSB7118DP powered subwoofers, BSS BLU800 and BLU120 digital signal routers and a Soundcraft Vi4 digital mixing desk.

The Small Auditorium features a pair each of JBL VP7212/95DP-DA powered loudspeakers and VPSB7118DP powered subwoofers, complemented by a BSS BLU800 and BSS BLU 120, and Soundcraft Vi1 (along with Vi6 stage box).

Monitoring resources for all stages consist of 24 JBL VP7212MDP powered stage monitors, 14 JBL VP7210/95DP powered loudspeakers, 10 JBL AC15 ultra-compact loudspeakers, a Crown CTs 8200 amplifier and a Soundcraft Vi6 desk.

In addition to these, LydRommet has also equipped a 5.1 recording studio and control room with five JBL LSR6328P studio monitors and an LSR6312SP studio monitor subwoofer. The room also features a Soundcraft Vi4 desk and BSS BLU100 processing.The control room can pick up the MADI from the mixers in each of the four halls to record the performances. Patching can be either manual, or via an RME MADI bridge if also routed to either of the two OB vehicles outside, for which provision has been made in LydRommet’s clever cabling architecture.

The central sound distribution consists of a BSS BLU800 and BSS BLU120, with four BSS BLU16, and 50 JBL Control 25AV surface-mount loudspeakers. Kilden also features 30 channels of AKG DMS 700 wireless microphone systems.

For the official inauguration of Kilden on January 6, national broadcaster NRK brought its HD2 large TV bus and TR23 Soundbus, using its own Studer Vista 9 and Vista 8 mixing consoles respectively, in conjunction with the installed Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi4 (and three Soundcraft Si Compact boards).

The main music mix was carried out on the Vista 8 while a temporary control room was set up inside the building, where the 32-channel, 24-channel and 16-channel Soundcraft Si Compacts produced sub mixes for the TR23 OB—sending groups of strings from the symphony orchestra as well as groups from the 100-piece choir.

LydRommet had originally been invited to tender for the contract five years ago in a bid involving five companies. They successfully responded to a specification produced by Ivar Thommasen at Brekke & Strand Akustikk AS for a contract that included a video and digital signage section, a paging/show monitoring system and a stage management system in addition to the core speech and music reinforcement systems and complete cable infrastructure.

“The client asked for half-year adjustments to make the solution work in the best way defined for the job,” explained LydRommet project manager Alf Christian Hvidsteen. “This allowed us to optimize the system and make full use of the integrated solutions that HARMAN can provide.”

Working directly for the Kilden Project Group and alongside main contractor, AF Gruppen, LydRommet’s own in-house product specialists, Espen Andersen and Pål Solli, designed the sound reinforcement and distribution systems with the aid of AutoCAD, HARMAN HiQnet Performance Manager™, System Architect™, London Architect™ and JBL’s Line Array Calculator. The result was a show relay system incorporating 200 speaker stations—fed and controlled by IP over Ethernet.

“The results, to put it mildly, were stunning,” Hvidsteen said. “The preview concerts as well as the opening ceremony were a very good test of both the acoustics and our loudspeaker choices. All systems worked very well and the customer and audience were very pleased with the results.”

High-resolution photos of the Kilden Performing Arts Centre are available at http://www.definitionbam.com/downloads/2012/Kilden_pictures.zip

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

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