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Vintage Norfolk theatre upgrades with E-V

David Davies 15 November 2010
Vintage Norfolk theatre upgrades with E-V

The Victorian era King’s Lynn Corn Exchange has been equipped with an Electro-Voice sound reinforcement system based around EVA Series line array cabinets and TG series power amplifiers.

The project constitutes one of the UK’s first installations of Electro-Voice’s new EVA Series line array cabinets, which have been paired with EV’s Tour Grade power amplifiers running on the IRIS-Net platform. The King’s Lynn Corn Exchange system was designed and installed by Nottingham’s OneBigStar in consultation with Shuttlesound.

Restricted space was an important consideration throughout the project, as Shuttlesound’s Neal Allen observed: “With two trusses which could not be moved under any circumstances, there was just 900 millimetres of space (from front to back) for the line array. We thought it was impossible but the EVA-2082S slotted right in there. Using the optional attenuation modules, we have tailored the sound so that there is only a 1dB variation from front to back. The mix position is in a cubbyhole at the back of the theatre, yet the engineer can hear exactly what the audience is hearing in the third row.”

Ultimately, OneBigStar flew left/right arrays of five EVA cabinets on each side of the Corn Exchange stage, using four of the 906 units (with 90 degrees horizontal dispersion and 6 degrees vertical dispersion) and a single 920 module (90° x 20°) in each array. The front-of-house system is powered by TG7 2x3500W amplifiers, with TG5s for the QRX218 subs.

Simon Taylor of OneBigStar guided the Electro-Voice proposal through the theatre’s tendering process. “We were able to offer excellent references in the shape of the Metropolitan Tabernacle Church in Belfast, which is a huge EV site, and the Nottingham Arena, which we installed earlier this year. Those, together with the warranty and back-up on offer, the LAPs design for the theatre, and the expert advice of Neal Allen from Shuttlesound, were enough to secure the project.”

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