L-Acoustics has been selected for a number of audio installs in prestigious new venues in Istanbul.
The first of the installations was at the Volkswagen Arena, which is a multipurpose entertainment venue opened in 2014. It primarily hosts music and sports events and since 2015 has also hosted Darüşşafaka Doğuş Euroleague basketball matches.
Due to the busy programme of events at the venue, the change from an end-on concert hall to in-the-round basketball arena and back had to be possible within a day, without comprising the comfort and enjoyment of spectators.
Elit Light/Sound Technologies was chosen to design and supply the technical infrastructure, which included portable telescopic bleachers to allow match audiences of up to 5,000.
Elit chose L-Acoustics for the bespoke audio system used for announcements and playback. An important consideration was maintaining sightlines for all seats, therefore six arrays of L-Acoustics ARCS Wide and ARCS Focus constant curvature line source loudspeakers, plus SB18M clusters, were flown from the venue roof. Each speaker tower also includes an L-Case on top to give additional protection for the LA4X amplifier controllers that power the system.
The second of the high profile installs was for Babylon, a Turkish digital arts and culture organisation, which runs three venues – Çeşme, Kilyos and the new Bomonti, a music, theatre and cinema venue created in Istanbul’s restored Bomonti brewery.
Elit Light/Sound Technologies chose an L-Acoustics audio system, which needed to meet the brief stipulating a system that delivers exceptional sound reinforcement, while not detracting from the aesthetics of the building’s historic internal fabric. The system comprises flown ARCS Focus and ARCS Wide, with floor-stacked SB28 subs plus 5XTs for fills. Stage monitors include L-Acoustics P series 112P and SB15P self-powered loudspeakers.
“ARCS WiFo is the right choice for us, allowing us to provide a consistent sound level for the entire audience,” said Ozan Murat, technical production manager and sound engineer for Pozitif Live. “As with previous ARCS products, ARCS WiFo delivers high power for medium throw applications. But the most important feature of WiFo for me is its musical detail and outstanding dynamics for all genres of music. This makes L-Acoustics the only choice for us.”
“L-Acoustics WiFo has provided excellent solutions for two very different venues,” added Elit’s Emre Defne. “The ease of set up and surprising power of this compact system make it extremely versatile. In fact, we have had very good results with WiFo in every type of venue we have worked with; it can solve any medium throw venue needs.”