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Von Braun Center showcases one of the world’s largest permanent installations of EAW Adaptive

When officials at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, approved a transformative renovation project at the multi-purpose facility, the task of installing a new audio system was awarded to Verta Technologies. Spearheaded by Christian Tuttle, Principal and CEO of Verta Technologies, the company selected an Adaptive audio system from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).


The Von Braun Center has undergone extensive renovations over the past two years and sought a comprehensive update for its aging audio system at the 10,000-seat Propst Arena, home to the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Huntsville Havoc. This is in addition to EAW Adaptive being deployed in the 1,300-capacity Mars Music Hall and the 2,000-seat Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. While Propst Arena is primarily used for hockey, all three of the Von Braun Center’s venues can host touring productions of any scale.


“The Von Braun Center now boasts one of the largest permanent installations of EAW Adaptive under one roof in the world”, states Tuttle. With a looming hockey season and a tight project completion timeline, Verta Technologies executed a rush project for the arena, receiving the purchase order in July and completing the installation with a week to spare before the first hockey game in mid-October.


After extensive research, the Von Braun Center chose the EAW Adaptive system for the arena, with Anya chosen for the main speakers to meet the venue’s specific asthetic, as well as electro-acoustic requirements. The space offers a “hub-and-spoke” ceiling structure, where the primary load bearing beams meet in the center compared to the typical rectangular grid structure in most arenas.


Considering this, the installation included a range of hangs, with the shortest being three-boxes all the way up to seven-boxes - for a total of twelve clusters around the bowl. Each configuration leverages Adaptive’s ability to expand horizontal coverage by adding another column to the array. Otto subs are centrally located in the hub providing seamless horizontal coverage of the sub band, EAW QX 566 speakers for ice fills, and a QSC Q-Sys backbone for DSP and control completed the audio solution.


“Using EAW’s Resolution software, we were able to steer the audio precisely to the audience from the first row all the way to the back row, so that every seat sounds exactly the same, from a frequency standpoint”, adds Tuttle. “We could also expand the horizontal coverage from a single rigging location. A lot of people don’t realize how difficult it is to get smooth SPL throughout a space, and this is a huge range of multi-tiered seats. The EAW Adaptive system ensures everyone in the venue gets the same experience.”


The Mars Music Hall and Mark C. Smith Concert Hall house both EAW Anna and Anya systems as well as Otto subwoofers. The Concert Hall will soon feature its AC6 column loudspeakers.


(Photos: Eastern Acoustic Works/Von Braun Center)




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