An Allen & Heath audio system, including five iLive mixing consoles, has been installed at the new Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin, Poland. Constructed to replace a smaller concert hall, the award-winning building is modern facility covering 12,000sqm across four storeys, which include a Symphonic Hall, a Chamber Hall and several rehearsal suites. The iLive consoles were supplied, installed and integrated by Konsbud Audio.
“iLive was chosen because of its modular structure, which presented the significant advantage of easy expansion or reconfiguration options,” commented Piotr Jankiewicz, director of the Design and Integration department at Konsbud Audio. “Another important factor in such a big project was the quality to price ratio, and Allen & Heath products meet the requirements of large institutions but at the same time remain at an acceptable price level. The venue was also aware that there are many examples around the world of iLive being installed and performing excellently in big concert halls, similar to the Symphonic Hall.”
Two iLive-176 and an iLive-144 modular Control Surface are installed in the larger Symphonic Hall; the iLive-176 models manage FOH and monitors, while the iLive-144 is installed in an acoustic booth. In the Chamber Hall, which is designed for chamber concerts and educational events, there are two iLive-T Control Surfaces – an iLive-T80 and iLive-T112 – to manage FOH and monitors.
“iLive-T Series are smaller, lighter and more compact than the modular models, and are perfect for chamber halls where there is less space available around the engineer’s position,” explained Jankiewicz.
The MixRacks powering the surfaces – an iDR-64, iDR-32, iDR-16, plus a MADI-enabled xDR-16 expander unit – are installed in a nearby equipment room. Normally, iDR-64 is dedicated to managing audio in the Symphonic Hall, while the iDR-32 and iDR-16 are dedicated to the Chamber Hall.
“It is also possible and very easy to reconfigure the MixRacks to feed alternative surfaces in a different venue if the need arises, it’s only a matter of changing the cables patch,” concluded Jankiewicz.