JBL sound system pumps up new Swansea Arena

JBL sound system pumps up new Swansea Arena
The new 3,500 capacity Swansea Arena in Swansea, UK, opened after a £48 million development, harnessing a JBL sound system to bring much-needed power and audio clarity to the venue.

Run by Ambassador Theatre Group, the venue is equipped with a JBL VTX A8 line array, installed by Glantre Engineering. 

Glantre was brought on to provide a turnkey solution, covering rigging, drapes, full AV with IPTV and lighting. 

Stuart Graham, head of technical operations, Glante Engineering, commented: I wanted to challenge it [with this installation], I just didn’t want to keep going down the same route. This was our first UK arena and I thought we should reach and test new products. 

“There was a more ample budget available for the system’s design and implementation, and we wanted to focus on the scalability of the system and that it would work within every conceivable application. With that in mind, we opted for something tailored very much towards versatility and broader functionality.”

38 JBL VTX A8’s were rigged in their own flying frames at the arena, set up in a fashion to allow quick reconfiguration should the arena need to be partitioned to allow multiple events to be hosted simultaneously. 

The full arena setup includes two hangs each comprising 12 A8s six B18 subs in a cardioid configuration, forming a pros arch system. 

Six B18 subs are also available for ground-stacking if required, with two delay hangs each comprised of five VTX A8 loudspeakers and one VTX B18 subwooder. 

A further four VTX A8s are used as front fills, with a VTX M20 stage monitor package. 

15 Crown 4x3500HD amplifiers power the system, while routing an dprocessing is handled via BSS Soundweb BLU-806 and BLU-100. 

Additionally, the room can be configured into conference mode, with the front rake positioned inwards and the box angles changed and reduced to eight a side .Extra enclosures can then be added to the delay arrays which are lowered and angled up slightly when the acoustic partition drops to divide the hall. 


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