Located in an old torpedo workshop in Skeppsholmen, Sweden, Audiorama is an innovative new facility dedicated to the staging of sound art and electro-acoustic music.
A 21-speaker system is used to deliver a wide variety of events to a seated audience of between 70 and 100 people. Designed by Audiorama technical producer Marcus Wrangö, the audio configuration allows soundscapes to be projected from a 17.4 system featuring eight Genelec 8260A speakers placed equidistant in a circle around the listener, five 8240A speakers above the listener, four 8130A speakers at four level, and four 7260A subwoofers.
The loudspeaker set-up was conceived because of the lack of a visual focus, meaning that there was no predetermined orientation for the sound system. A dynamic light installation with controllable white and coloured light enhances the audio experience with mood and visual ambience.
Genelec DSP signal processing is responsible for all loudspeaker functions, such as the crossover filters, driver equalisers, driver position alignment, room response alignment, calibration and equalisation-related filters, as well as distance-compensating delays. The Genelec Loudspeaker Manager software manages all these functions, allowing the 8260A to be used together with other 8200 Series DSP monitors and 7200 Series subwoofers in the same set-up.
Routing and playback are courtesy of ProTools HD Native software, running on an Apple Mac Pro computer.
Lars-Olof Janflod, broadcast systems manager at Genelec, commented: “We are delighted that Genelec was the loudspeaker choice of the Audiorama design team. The installation makes unique demands on the sound system as audio is the central experience of a performance staged at Audiorama. I’m glad that our speakers are able to withstand this intense scrutiny and are a key part of the success of the facility.”