Gregers, a 400-capacity live music destination in Hamar, Norway that hosts about 100 concerts each year, recently received a sound system upgrade courtesy of integrator Benum Norway that utilizes an Allen & Heath AHM-64 matrix processor as the distribution hub for all of the venue’s audio. In addition to concerts, the venue also serves as the site of corporate events, which adds to the need for a system with flexibility.
Benum Norway’s Daniel Glaister took the lead on the project, which now provides Gregers’ staff with several tiers of control, starting with a one-knob IP1 wallplate for level control and source selection in different zones. Benum Norway also tailored A&H’s Custom Control app to provide users control from their smartphones, tablets and laptops. For smaller live events, an IP8 remote controller offers hands-on mixing in a compact format.
“The system practically runs itself; the team have the tools they need to comfortably handle everything from background music upwards,” Glaister says. “The leap in audio quality is also instantly noticeable. There is masses of headroom and great coverage right throughout the venue. Gregers is now a fully equipped, modern cultural venue, which is exactly the outcome they set out to achieve.”
In addition, visiting sound engineers are provided with an Allen & Heath dLive system for mixing live bands, comprising a C3500 surface and a CDM64 MixRack on stage. The AHM-64 also allows Gregers to accommodate touring artists who choose to bring their own consoles. The new main system specified by Benum Norway incorpoates Adamson loudspeakers driven by Lab Gruppen amplifiers, with all components linked via Audinate Dante networking.