Hammersmith Academy is a secondary school designed for the 21st century, offering specialisms in creative-and-digital media and IT with an emphasis on technology. A professional audio installation involving Saville Audio Visual and Polar Audio ensured the new facility was adequately equipped.
The brief for the Academy’s multi-purpose performance space - which functions as a lecture theatre, assembly hall, drama studio and general performance area - included provision for a high-quality PA system that could be employed for each seperate use of the auditorium.
At the heart of the system lies three Biamp Audia Flex mainframe DSP’s with Cobranet. These are fed via a variety of audio sources (microphones, iPod studio feed etc) to fill the auditorium with sound. Elsewhere, control of the system arrives from a central room that overlooks the auditorium, where a further five high powered amplifiers lie.
beyerdynamic radio microphones, as well as cutting-edge wired microphone technology for audio capture are also incorporated into the system; connection points have been mounted at the front of the room for additional mics to be added. A quantity of full range speakers, subwoofers and wedge monitors are situated around the auditorium providing high-quality sound and 5.1 capabilities.
To enable flexible communication between staff, technicians and students, an ASL intercom talkback system has been installed, employing a mixture of speaker stations and belt-packs, with various connection points located around the auditorium.
Mark Bromfield, business development manager Polar Audio commented: "The client required a flexible, easy to operate system that would be used by both technical and non-technical staff for a variety of events, from lectures to drama performances. To enable this functionality we routed all of the inputs and outputs to and from the system via the Biamp Audia Flex (controlled by an AMX system), allowing the user to operate in manual mode using the mixing console for large drama shows and awards ceremonies or automatic mode for lectures, school assemblies and 5.1 cinema.”