Cornwall-based pro audio specialist Allen & Heath has released details of its recent work with a Protestant youth training and community centre in Hirschluch, in the rural German town of Storkow. The centre is part of the Ministry of Education’s Association for Youth Aid & Social Work which offers experiential education and youth training opportunities.
The work centred on a new new purpose-built seminar building, nicknamed ‘Silver Moon’, with system integrators Brandenburg Entertainment leading the project to fit-out the new building with a flexible sound management system, capable of being operated by the day-to-day (non-technical) staff at the centre.
The new building comprises six seminar rooms on the ground floor, and a large hall, nicknamed ‘Jupiter’, on the upper floor, offering almost 232m2 of configurable space for theatre, music, meetings, and online conferences. Tim Berker of subcontractor AudioVisionRent from Kaiserslautern, explained, “The hall space can be divided by partition walls, so we have different situations in which we either use the whole hall with a main PA, or a number of separate rooms. To be able to achieve the required routing flexibility, we decided to use the Allen & Heath AHM-64 Matrix Processor to manage the audio.”
In addition to the AHM-64, an Allen & Heath DX012 output expander was specified to feed the PA system via AES, removing the need for a further stage of A/D conversion and the associated latency.
As with many fixed installs, it is common for non-technical staff to be on-site supervising the various events, meaning any installed systems need to be easy to use. To enable this, Berker explained that he deployed iPads running the Custom Control App. “We have programmed various scenes on the AHM-64, so the respective configuration – separate hall, connected hall and outdoor area – can be called up on the iPads, via a clearly designated button in the app, recalling the appropriate input and output routing for the application.”