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Ateis system for new Icelandic cultural hub

David Davies 10 August 2011
Ateis system for new Icelandic cultural hub

The aesthetically distinctive Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik has been equipped with a public address/voice alarm system from Ateïs.

Opened in May after four years in development, the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre occupy a total of 28,000 square metres of space.

The Harpa Concert Hall is divided into 27 zones, with Ateïs PA-VA equipment installed into the public and staff areas by ADS, which was commissioned by main security contractors Ark Security to design, configure and build the system.

Audio Design Services selected seven LAPg2 DSP audio network processors, supported by 12 IDA4 VA units in six 43U racks and 16 SPA 2480 100v amplifiers. The IDA4s each have five inputs and four zone outputs, and can be built up into full voice alarm systems. The individual units feature digital message storage and 99 programmable priority levels. The LAPg2 features pre-amplifiers, compressor-limiters and equalization. It can be used for both background music and pre-recorded announcements, with an integral message player-storage system capable of holding 30 minutes of material.

John Houldcroft, Audio Design Services’ project manager on the Harpa installation, commented: “The main reason for specifying Ateïs equipment was its versatility, easy wiring and configurability. The interface of the LAPg2 makes programming very simple and allows the client to make changes and design alterations through the installation process; I wouldn’t use anything else.”

Neil Voce, MD of Ateïs UK, added: “Ateïs is very proud of the work done using our systems and is pleased to play a part in the first purpose-built concert hall in Reykjavik.”

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