The Katowice youth palace has recently invested in a new Harman sound system, by territorial distributor ESS Audio, after the previous system reached end of life.
The palace was built in 1951 to encourage youth culture and sporting activities in Poland. The new audio concept for the 450-seat multipurpose auditorium was designed to create greater flexibility, allowing it to present concerts, theatres and films.
The main sound system is based around a JBL VerTec system, while the optional cinema surround system can be switched in as required and the loudspeakers behind the screen are mounted on trolleys.
Hangs of eight JBL VerTec VT4887ADP elements per side form the main PA, underpinned by three VT4881ADP subwoofers on each side. This is bolstered by three further VerTec VT4887 loudspeakers as front fills, while for stage monitoring ESS Audio specified eight VP7212MDP enclosures. The entire front of house system is controlled and optimised via dbx DriveRack 4820 processors.
In order to carry out mixing duties at front of house, ESS Audio specified a Soundcraft Vi4 console, with a Soundcraft Vi1 in monitor world – the engineers in both locations are provided with JBL LSR2328P for their own reference monitoring.
When the operating mode switches to cinema, the appropriate presets kick in and the mobile system, comprising three elements of JBL ScreenArray 4732, boosted by a pair of JBL4642C subs, takes over. Creating the surround sound is JBL’s 8340A, powered by Crown DSi amps.
ESS Audio also upgraded the venue’s microphones, with an AKG DMS700 digital wireless system at the heart. ESS also supplied AKG C451B and C414B XLII, as well as AKG K271 headphones.
ESS Audio’s Marek Korbecki stated: “This new installation provides the client with a lot of new possibilities – especially in terms of the concerts they can now present and movie presentations. A comment heard by one of the sound techs was that ‘at last we finally have the sound that we have been dreaming of’.”
The overall renovation project was prepared by the Biuro Architekt Kaczmarczyk architectural studio from Sucha Beskidzka, Poland, and the entire project cost PLN42.2 million (€10 million).