The Fetisov Arena, Vladivostok, has turned to d&b audiotechnik to solve the venue’s acoustics problems. The arena was opened in 2013 after inward investment was generated following the Muravyov-Amursky peninsula hosting the 24th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in 2012. The arena has a capacity of 7,500 and is home to the Admiral ice hockey team as well as regularly hosting exhibitions and concerts.
"Like all such buildings, the Fetisov has poor acoustics and although the house system works well for hockey games, it is simply not acceptable for concerts," explained Boris Kosyakov, head of Accord, the installers for Fetisov.
"It is easy to say the venue managers wanted a concert PA system of the highest class – who wouldn't? But in this case it is especially important. Because of the geographical location the only way it's possible to attract truly international artists to Fetisov is for them to arrive without the encumbrance and expense of bringing in full production."
"With a relatively small audience capacity for a sports arena the potential revenues from concerts at Fetisov would never be huge," said Alexander Soloukin, of the Pro Audio department at Aris.
"So budget was an important criteria when we made our appraisals. Ironically the tight acoustic confines of the venue proved an enabling factor. A design based on the d&b J-Series for main system with V-Series for front and out-fills provided all the power and fidelity the venue required; the pattern control of the system is so consistent we were able to model the audience area with the minimum of loudspeakers. The cardioid performance of the J-SUBs and J-INFRA being especially helpful in not projecting audio energy where it was not wanted."
"When Alexander and his system technician from Aris ISD, Evgeny Shuev made the preliminary demonstration in May of last year the venue management recognised the benefits immediately", commented Kosyakov. "Believe me, the people of this remote part of the world are not easily swayed, yet even with no audience present the performance was frankly astonishing. The system proved so efficient that surplus budget was left for Aris to supply DiGiCo desks and beyerdynamic microphones."