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Germany’s ils medientechnik Expands With Alcons Audio

Leipzig-based provider adds LR18 pro-ribbon line arrays to existing inventory of LR7 arrays with a system debut at the Leipziger Messe hall.

By PSW Staff August 9, 2017

Alcons arrays deployed for the Protestant Kirchentag 2017 in Leipzig.

For 26 years, ils medientechnik has been supporting events of all sizes and with all technical activities.

The Leipzig-based company had already invested in the smaller Alcons Audio LR7 arrays at the beginning of 2016, and recently expanded its portfolio with the larger LR18 pro-ribbon line arrays.

Managing director Thomas Ils, leading the company together with his brother Mario, explains: “We had been looking for a long time for a sound system that covers everything required by our customers. As a technical service provider, we have a very wide spectrum to look after – from very small to very large events. In addition, all systems should be compatible with each other and have the same excellent quality. ”

After listening to different systems, the spark finally struck with the compact LR7 pro-ribbon line arrays.

“After five minutes it was clear that the search was over,” the Ils brothers explain. “The Alcons system has a brilliant as well as extremely direct sound and as such, completely matched our idea of perfect sound reproduction. We were immediately convinced that with this system, we would be able to realize at least 2/3 of our projects in industrial, conference and trade-show applications in a perfect quality.

Thus, ils medientechnik invested in 42 Alcons LR7 line-array loudspeakers with BF151 subwoofers in 2016. With six VR8, which are soon to be increased to twelve units, the setup was complete. For the ils-Hausmesse (in-house show), the Leipziger borrowed the larger LR18 pro-ribbon line-arrays. And once again it was love at first sound.

The LR18 enables a 1:1 reproduction of the original sound source, by means of Alcons’ multiple-patented pro-ribbon transducer technology; combining projection and throw with low distortion.

The joint feedback of both managing directors after the Hausmesse states, “Hi-Fi sound at concert sound pressure levels and an unbelievable speech intelligibility – Alcons defines our future quality requirements in audio. It was immediately clear to us that by investing in the LR18 pro-ribbon line-array system, as an addition to the LR7 pro-ribbon line-array, we could realize all upcoming sound reinforcement projects with Alcons components.

“Both systems play incredibly confident even in difficult rooms, and besides the superb sound reproduction of the pro-ribbon systems, the amplified loudspeaker controllers do the rest with their comfortable set-up and controlling possibilities.”

The Alcons LR18 enjoyed its premiere with ils medientechnik as part of a choral performance in the glass hall at the Leipziger Messe. Here the critics were very impressed. “With only a twelve unit array, we achieved an impressive speech intelligibility on an area of 30 by 50 meters. Everyone was very surprised,” says Mario Ils, the second managing director.

As a highlight of the Kirchentag (“church day”) and as one of the largest events of the Reformation year (500th anniversary of the Lutheran thesis on Wittenberg), the open-air spectacle “Zum Licht” was performed at the Leipziger market square at the end of May. Spanning sound collages, an emotional light show, opulent video projections – in addition to a live performance with large orchestra, choirs, soloists, bands, actors and dancers.

The market square was dominated by the 21 by 16 meter mainstage with 36 Alcons LR18 compact mid-sized line-arrays, supported by twelve Alcons BC543 cardioid subwoofers. A total of 72 LR7 micro line-arrays, 16 VR8 compact monitors, six VR12 monitors, six QR36 line-sources, four BF302 subwoofers as well as four BF151 subwoofers from Alcons were installed for the surround sound at 8 ten-meter-high crosses and two additional stages. Eight Sentinel3, 16 Sentinel10 and eight ALC2 amplified loudspeaker controllers provided drive and control of the system.

Thomas Ils looked forward to the challenge: “Working with Alcons systems means shortly thinking, connecting and “go.” In our projects, we are often under extreme pressure. This is a system that does not need to be eternally measured and tweaked, it’s simply brilliant. And thanks to the cooperation of the Pro-Ribbon Network partners, the 200+ Alcons systems that were deployed could easily be arranged.”

“We are very pleased to have won another enthusiastic Alcons partner with ils medientechnik, which strengthens the Alcons rental network in eastern Germany,” says Carsten Albrecht of Alcons Audio Deutschland.”

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