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The Playhouse, Canberra, Australia

This three-level, 618-seat proscenium theatre in the Canberra Theatre Centre is now outfitted with Alcons Audio loudspeakers in a configuration deviating from the standard left-right arrays. The system was specified by Notsui Consulting, a leading Australia theatre sound design companies, and installed by Loud And Clear of Mosman.

A flown center cluster comprised of eight LR14 line array modules (2-way, 1 x 4-inch ribbon, 2 x 6.5-inch cones), joined by three LR14B subwoofers (2 x 12 cones, band-pass design), provides primary coverage. Two pairs of Alcons VR12 and VR12M loudspeakers (2-way, 1 x 6-inch ribbon, 1 x 12-inch cone) per side provide balcony and stalls side fill, joined by two BF302s (2 x 15-inch cones, vented) for low frequencies.

The system is powered by seven Alcons ALC2 and one ALC4 amplifiers outfitted with SDP loudspeaker drive processor cards. A similar system was also implemented by the Loud And Clear team at Riverside Theatre, Sydney.

“I have to say that both installations were very straightforward,” says David Betterridge. “They are the sort of rooms that the Alcons LR Series boxes were made for, they just shine as soon as you plug them in.”

“Since installing Alcons, we have achieved a new, unsurpassed level of headroom and clarity in our Playhouse theatre,” adds Gregor Murray, head of audio at the Canberra Theatre Centre. “All of our clients comment about the transparency, punch and warmth of the system. No longer do we have to bring in a system for larger live music events. In drama, where subtlety is critical, every word is heard and lapel microphones that were a nightmare to tune and control are no longer a problem.”

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