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Tube UK equips Albert Hall in Manchester
Manchester based audio specialist Tube UK designed and installed a D&B sound system for Manchester’s Albert Hall venue. The former Wesleyan Chapel built in 1910 was restored by independent owners TROF, complete with original organ, and given a new lease of life as a live entertainment space.
The big challenge for Tube’s Melvyn Coote and his team was the multi-purpose nature of the entertainment programme - from club nights and Bongo’s Bingo to a line up of multi-genre bands to comedy and cabarets. It’s also available for private functions, parties, presentations and conferences.
Coote chose 10 D&B V8s which are ground stacked left and right of the stage, rigged on 4 x V-Subs and 4 x B2 Subs. The balcony circles the venue 270 degrees, meeting up with the stage at one end, so there are two further hangs, each comprising four D&B Y8s and one Y-Sub, all flown, together with four Q7s serving as nearfield outfill for the wrap around area. Downstairs on the ‘ground’ floor of the venue are four E8 delays hung under the balcony ceiling. The brief also included kitting out the dressing rooms and the VIP bar area, which are served by E8s.
A series of new points were installed during the renovations, but these are only rated at 300 Kgs, so with rigging infrastructure of around 110 Kgs already used, the Y8s at 20 Kgs each and the subs at 52 Kgs made it realistic. All the D&B elements are powered by 17 x D12 amplifiers routed via a Yamaha DME 24 matrix controller. A Yamaha CL5 was selected for both FOH and monitor consoles.
The ‘house’ monitor set up includes D&B M4 wedges and a Q-Sub drum fill, again powered by D12s, and Tube supplying a full mics-and-stands package, complete with a selection of Shure, Sennheiser, Audio-Technica and Beyer.
The DJ kit was also part of the Tube deal, with a standard club spec of 3 x Pioneer CDJ2000 NXS decks, 1 x Pioneer DJM900 NXS and 2 x Pioneer PLX1000 Turntables. Two D&B Q7/Q-Sub stacks complete the setup, with other items available as add-ons - like Pioneer NXS-2 units, A&H Xone:92 analogue mixers and a section of Rane rotary products.
(Photos: Louise Stickland)
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