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Adlib helps to deliver Europe’s first installed L-Acoustics L-ISA system
Adlib’s installation division are part of a team which has helped to deliver Europe’s first installed L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound system at EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), a new arts centre for live music, mixed arts, and performance located in the former Savoy cinema in Dalston, east London.
Adlib worked closely with client Auro Foxcroft and his team, with support from L-Acoustics’ Sales Manager Paul McMullan and Applications Engineers Jeff Woodford (installation) and Sergey Becker (touring) to specify and install the 360° L-ISA system.
EartH is the brainchild of Auro, founder of Shoreditch venue Village Underground, a community driven initiative that also provides workspaces for artists and creatives. Ininitially, when we first made contact with Auro, we were looking at a standard left-right configuration for both upstairs and downstairs spaces," explains Adlib Director John Hughes. However, when Auro met Paul McMullan and Jeff Woodford on site, they highlighted how perfect the venue was for an L-ISA configuration.
The old cinema’s balcony - which had been closed off, forgotten and left derelict for 30 years after a final screening of 'Scarface' in 1984 - is now a new 750-capacity theatre and concert hall space. The downstairs area has been reinvented as a multi-purpose club and social area, and a new restaurant will be opened.
The theatre’s L-ISA loudspeaker configuration comprises a frontal system, supplemented by surrounds and overheads providing a 360-degree mixing environment. The L-ISA Scene configuration features five hangs of seven Kara loudspeakers, spaced evenly across the stage in line with the proscenium arch.
Low-end response is augmented by four KS28 subwoofers flown in an end-fire configuration. The surround system features 12 Syva colinear loudspeakers, four each mounted on the side and rear walls, plus eight X8 overheads which are flown from the ceiling to provide elevation to the mixing environment. Lastly, there are ten X8s installed as lip fills which are fed from the aux send of each object within the L-ISA Controller.
Audio from the FOH consoles runs via MADI to the L-ISA Processor which outputs on MADI. The signals are then converted to AVB and distributed to the 18 LA4X and one LA12X amplified controllers driving the system.
Adlib’s KSE Sam Proctor attended the tuning and calibration session with the L-Acoustics applications engineers to learn more about the finer details of working with L-ISA technology. Adlib also supplied two DiGiCo SD12 consoles to be shared between venues . In addition, an Adlib line system and an L-Acoustics stage monitor package comprising twelve X15 HiQ monitor wedges and two SB18 subs powered by LA4X amplified controllers were supplied.
A stereo Kara system, one SB18 and four Kara per side, is installed in the club on the ground floor, supplemented by four SB28 subwoofers and four Arcs WiFo delays. A microphone stands and cables package from Adlib completed the specification.
(Photos: Maria Zhytnikova)
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