The State Theatre in Salzburg, Austria, now operates with a sound system from Dutch manufacturer Alcons Audio L and V Series .
As a so-called “Viersparten” (4 artistic divisions) theatre, the State Theatre makes particularly high demands on sound reinforcement, as it offers its audience musical theater (opera, operetta, musicals), ballet, drama as well as children's theater. This wide range of productions had to be sonically supported to the highest standard. However, the previous sound system wasn’t able to meet the the more strenous demands put on the in-house system.
"A sound system in this house must be in a position to reinforce a rock band, classical music, vocals and subtle music cues for theater plays with finest resolution", commented Timo Hintz, Salzburg State Theatre's head of sound. "In addition, the new sound system was expected to have discrete optics, not affecting the atmosphere of the traditional venue.
Event technology consultancy firm Protones Veranstaltungstechnik was commissioned with the installation and calibration of the Alcons system. The team opted to install systems from the Alcons L and V Series, comprising two line arrays, each consisting of 6x LR7 as well as two VR8 as front fills.
The theatre reports that, for the first time, the entire room including the balcony is seamlessly covered, with a flat sound pressure level and a consistent tonal balance.
Furthermore, the very compact size of the Alcons system was also said to be a decisive for the choice of the Salzburg State Theater; Too large a system would have partially blocked the installed lighting.
In addition, the allowed Working Load Limits had to be taken into account, for which again the Alcons system offered the best solution.
"I can only say, based on the experience to date this season, that all expectations have been fully met. I am very pleased and very impressed by the sound, which is also the general opinion in the house. It’s also even noticed by every layman how good the sound is now", said Hintz.