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KV2 Audio systems for pop-up theatre in Manchester
The Den is a new pop-up theatre that forms a key part of the Royal Exchange theatre’s local exchange programme in Manchester. Funded by a £1M gift from the Oglesby Charitable Trust, this performance space was designed by architectural studio Haworth Tompkins as an informal space-within-a-space for residents to make and share theatre and to see work from the Royal Exchange.
Pro audio specialists Autograph Sales & Installations provided key elements of the sound reinforcement equipment for the new space including seven EX10 compact, full range active loudspeaker systems from KV2 Audio, and an Allen & Heath Qu-16 rackmountable digital mixer.
Sorcha Steele, head of sound at the Royal Exchange, was responsible designing the audio system for The Den. “The Den will only ever go into existing buildings – it’s not designed to be outdoors,” she explains. “For example, in Stalybridge it was in the old market hall, but it could easily be constructed in a school gym or warehouse. In all likelihood, power in those venues will come down to standard 13 amp sockets so I had to design a system that could easily run off of that infrastructure.”
“The Den can also be constructed in three different sizes, so the system needed to be flexible enough to cater to that,” Steele continues. “With the programme being different each time it goes out, I also had to plan to cover everything from spoken word to small bands and everything in between.” She settled on a KV2 solution built on the EX10 active speaker system flown from a circular truss above the centre of the performance area, and also chose the Allen & Heath QU-16.
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