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German Municipal Theater Upgrades with Voice-Acoustic Sound Reinforcement System

Stage Directions • Industry News • February 3, 2020

The Sulingen City Theatre

Audio Studio Nord upgraded the 20-year-old sound system for the 446-capacity theater serving the residents of Sulingen, Germany. The sound company’s managing director, Mr. Rauchfleisch, discussed the new Voice-Acoustic system.

The municipal theatre of Sulingen opened in 1993. The building is connected to the grammar school in Sulingen. The light-coloured wood and bright bricks in the theatre hall create a very special atmosphere when lit, which captures the stage and the entire audience and enables an impressive theatre experience. Due to the slight rise and the small elevations, one always has an excellent view in the theatre with its 446 seats.

The 20-year-old sound system was to be modernized in November 2019. The contract for the installation was awarded to Audio Studio Nord from Wilhelmshaven. The choice fell on a sound reinforcement system from Voice-Acoustic.

Managing Director Mr. Rauchfleisch on his decision: “During the planning phase, room acoustic simulations were carried out with various systems from different manufacturers and the best result was achieved by the Ikarray-8 line array from Voice-Acoustic. Due to the very even horizontal 100° radiation pattern, it was possible to dispense with nearfills for this system. With the vertically tightly focusing 100° x 5° elements, the sound energy is distributed very well and evenly to the rear seats. The lowest 100° x 15° element covers the nearfill area. An Ikarray-8 element has four 1″ drivers with individual waveguides that lead to an already curved horn flare. The curvature of this constant- curved line array already takes place within each element and thus more evenly than with conventional line arrays. This results in a cleaner vertical coverage with identical sound quality on every seat. In the bass range the system is complemented by 4 x Paveosub-115. With an overall height of only 36 cm, this 15″ bass can be integrated very unobtrusively into the architecture. The Paveosub can play very low and delivers a high performance that one would not expect from such a compact bass.”

Installed equipment at Sulingen City Theatre:

  • 6 x Voice-Acoustic Ikarray-8 in 100° x 5°
  • 2 x Voice-Acoustic Ikarray-8 in 100° x 15°
  • 4 x Voice-Acoustic Paveosub-115
  • 1 x Voice-Acoustic HDSP-6A Amplifier
  • 1 x Voice-Acoustic HDSP-0.4A Amplifier
  • Allen [&] Heath SQ6 mixing desk
  • Shure QLXD Digital Wireless Systems
  • Shure Beta 58
  • DPA Headsets

Further information from Audio Studio Nord:
Further information from Voice-Acoustic:

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