Finnish theatre sound consultancy, Wavemark, has specified and installed a complete TiMax audio show control package for the main auditorium of the Finnish National Opera (FNO).
The TiMax2 SoundHub audio spatialisation processor and TiMax Tracker automation system form part of a new audio system designed and implemented by Wavemark’s Santu Sipila and sourced through Finnish TiMax distributor, Electro Waves.
The FNO is the only professional opera company in Finland, tracing its history back to 1911. The company occupied the tiny Alexander Theatre until 1993 when it moved to its own purpose-built Opera House. The main auditorium seats more than 1,300, and the venue also houses a studio stage, as well as utilising foyers for smaller and free events.
The new audio system features a TiMax2 SoundHub S-64 with AES I/O plus a Dante64 interface, which enables access to the venue’s new permanent Dante network infrastructure.
The TiMax SoundHub unit receives MIDI Controller messages from the TiMax Tracker system whose UWB radar TT Tags worn by the actors are continually scanned by five TT Sensors located above the stage area. Radio mic channel direct outs from the Digico SD7T console feed into the SoundHub whose dynamic delay-matrix maps them onto the distributed d&b Q, V and T Series loudspeaker system to achieve continuous and precise localisation of the actors voices for all audience members.
The major audio renovation was completed late last year in time for use with the current sold-out production of Phantom of the Opera, with sound design by Sakke Kiiskis and Andreas Lonnquist who is also a founding member of the Wavemark sound consultancy.