Icelandic venue has Ateis PA/VA

AUTHOR: Inavate

The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland is a music venue with meeting-presentation facilities. It occupies a total of 28,000 square meters of space and has an Ateis PA/VA system.

Work began on the Harpa in January 2007 but the project's future looked uncertain when Iceland's financial crisis began to bite. The Icelandic government stepped in to fund the building work, which was completed in time for the opening concerts by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, which, with Icelandic Opera, is resident at the venue.

The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre occupy a total of 28,000 square meters of space. Henning Larsen Architects designed the main building, with its glass exterior created by the Danish-Icelandic artist and sculptor Ólafur Elíasson. Artec Consultants Inc of New York worked on the acoustics for the main auditorium.

It is divided into 27-zones, with Ateis equipment installed into the public and staff areas by ADS, which was commissioned by main security contractors Ark Security to design, configure and build the system.

Audio Design Services selected seven LAPg2 DSP audio network processors, supported by 12 IDA4 VA units in six 43U racks and 16 SPA 2480 100v amplifiers. The IDA4s each have five inputs and four zone outputs and can be built up into full voice alarm system. The individual units feature digital message storage and 99 programmable priority levels. The LAPg2 features pre-amplifiers, compressor-limiters and equalization. It can be used for both background music and pre-recorded announcements, with an integral message player-storage system capability of holding 30 minutes of material.