Brighton Dome bolsters entertainment with d&b

AUTHOR: Inavate

Brighton Dome in the UK has installed a PA system in its foyer and bar area, turning to d&b audiotechnik for its E-Series speakers. A pair of E12s are flown above the sate and E6s are paired along the walls at six metre intervals for delay.

The foyer and bar area are immediately adjacent to the main concert hall at Brighton Dome.

"We designed the system installation in house," explained Kevin Taylor, production manager. "We have three venues here, the Pavillion Theatre, Corn Exchange, and the Dome concert hall; and effectively we're a d&b audiotechnik house having our own selection of C4s, C7s and some MAX cabinets. For the Foyer the d&b E-Series looked ideal and so it has proved."

Occupying the Concert Hall frontage, the foyer bar is a wide but shallow room, twenty-five metres across, ten deep, with a twelve metre ceiling height. "The roof is glass, hence the light airy feel," said Taylor, "and has quite a bouncy feel audio wise. My house sound engineers Jeremy Noble and Nick Pitcher wanted the system to keep as close as possible to the natural sound of the room. Between the three of us we came up with a pair of E12s flown above the stage, a small platform two metres by six at one end, with E6s paired along the walls at six metre intervals for delay. That enables us to keep the levels down yet having the system clearly audible at all points in the room. Since the festival opened we've received nothing but praise for the sound."

The system was supplied by Entec Sound and Light. The company’s audio sales manager Peter Codron handled the project, "The Dome installed the system themselves, so the job was straight forward for us except for one important criteria; they wanted all the loudspeakers to be colour matched to the white interior of the room, and the cabling and fixings."

Taylor concluded: "Entec and d&b did a great job and the service has been impeccable. We've already used the room for acoustic acts, DJ performances by elements of the Asian Dub Foundation, and a choir. There's no limitation to what we can do; for a room that can comfortably hold four hundred people it's a delight."