In spite of the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions, the management team at popular concert venue Hunziken Mill in Rubigen, south-east of Bern, Switzerland, recently decided to upgrade the venue’s audio with a CODA Audio system based around its APS product, installed by leading Swiss audio specialists, Schallwerk. The existing system was at the end of its viable life, and was proving unreliable and increasingly expensive to maintain, complicated by the fact that the venue presents a number of acoustic challenges.
“The room has a unique shape,” explains Schallwerk’s Bruno Muff. “On the ground floor, people are basically sitting/standing 270° around the stage, often under (a quite low) balcony. The same goes for the first balcony and then there is a second balcony, quite high up. Interestingly, the vertically arrayed Main APS system covers both ground floor and first balcony, which really helps to keep the focus on the stage, acoustically speaking.”
The main system at Hunziken Mill comprises 4 x CODA Audio APS and 4 x SCV-F subwoofers, with an additional 1 x APS per side as outfill. 4 x HOPS5 are used for delays, with 6 x CUE4 for onstage monitoring. Amplification comprises 1 x LINUS14D and 4 x LINUS-10C.
The Muehle Hunziken (Hunziken Mill) started hosting concerts in 1976. Since the former windmill’s conversion, it has hosted more than 4,000 gigs, featuring around 15,000 artists of all styles and genres. The venue’s decision to replace its system during a period of enforced lockdown has proved a great success. Since September, Hunziken Mill has reopened for live events with strict health protocols observed: shows seated, masks worn in the auditorium, and numbers restricted.