07.07.15

Brisbane City Hall installs L-Acoustics audio system

AUTHOR: Inavate

The Brisbane City Hall recently upgraded its sound system to improve audio in its circular main auditorium. L-Acoustic’s Australian distributor, Hills, and system integrator Con-Sol worked with the manufacturer to provide an appropriate solution.

Damien Juhasz, systems engineer at Hills, said: “The tender was very specific about the type of system that was required and also imposed very strict restrictions on the rigging of the main speaker arrays, with the need to design for a pre-determined single rigging point and a 450kg weight limit per array.”

In addition to the rigging restriction, the circular venue posed an acoustic challenge. Germain Simon, application engineer at L-Acoustics, said: “The roof is a large dome, it has quite a long reverb time and there are a lot of reflections and focus points for the sound. All the doors that lead into the auditorium focus energy towards areas in the centre, so the new system needed to focus sound on the audience areas as much as possible.”

The L-Acoustics solution is based on a Left Right system of two flown full range, variable curvature line source arrays, consisting of ten Kara elements and two SB18 subwoofers each. Additional low frequency reinforcement is provided by a central block of four SB18 subwoofers ground stacked under the front of the stage.

The main system is supplemented by a stage lip front fill system of six 8XT coaxial enclosures, an under balcony fill system of 12 5XT compact coaxial enclosures and an in fill system of two 8XTi coaxial enclosures, mounted on the extreme left and right walls at the side of the stage.

The two 8XTi in fill loudspeakers were colour matched to the wall to minimise visual impact within the heritage venue. A system of six 8XT coaxial enclosures was supplied as a distributed monitor system around the stage lip. The system is powered by LA4X amplified controllers, which provide the signal routing and DSP for the system.

After the initial inspection it was determined that the existing speaker cabling infrastructure would not meet the requirements of the proposed system. Juhasz said: “The building’s heritage status meant that we had to follow certain cable paths, the result being that some speaker cables were really long. We worked with the applications team at L-Acoustics who recommended ways to minimise the impact of these long runs on the performance of the system”.

The system was also required to integrate with the venue’s existing Voice Alarm system, muting in the event of a fire alarm. This was achieved by utilising a third party control system from Crestron to monitor the VA alarm state, controlling LA4X amplified controllers via a dedicated control network.