BASIS Vinschgau-Venosta, a new “social activation hub” funded by the European Union and located in a former army barracks in northern Italy (Silandro, Val Venosta, in the west of South Tyrol), includes a multi-use space that’s been outfitted with a sound reinforcement system utilizing pro-ribbon loudspeakers and addtional components from Alcons Audio.
The aim of the project is to facilitate the development of ideas in economy, culture, education, social development and is designed to bring people of all ages, backgrounds and experience together. It’s the brainchild of Hannes Götsch and is designed to host a wide range of events, including theatre, live music, movies and club nights.
Götsch knew Wolfgang Sauter, founder and owner of the Austria-based Pro Performance, from his work in the Viennese club scene, and the company was asked to design, plan and create the sound and acoustics concept for BASIS.
“The ability of Alcons Audio’s pro-ribbon systems to deliver high quality sound in all the required areas of the application was highly attractive. It was a natural choice, thanks to its reliability, flexibility and overall best-in-class quality,” says Sauter.
He designed and installed a system comprising six single 12-inch CRS12GT/90 reference surround loudspeakers, 10 RR12 point-source 12-inch array modules and nine VR12 versatile single 12-inch monitors. Four BC543 triple 18-inch cardioid subwoofers and a pair of 15-inch BF151 mkII compact subwoofers complete the line-up. Nine Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers were used to provide the system with 36 channels of drive and control.
“The opportunity to mix with a centre cluster and six surround speakers in a live environment drives the creativity of any sound engineer,” says sound technician Stefan Miglioranza.
“This was the first time we used the CRS12GT/90 surround speakers for the sound design of a venue used for live as well as cinema sound,” adds Sauter. “As well as reproducing playback sound like movie soundtracks in exceptional detail, these highly flexible speakers allow sound technicians to have complete creative freedom when mixing high quality live sound. Reverberation and special effects can be effortlessly integrated into live sound.”
A suspended acoustic ceiling and 15 custom-built FRPA membrane absorbers (handmade by Pro Performance) were installed into the 8.5 x 12.5 x 17.5 meter event space to manage the acoustics.