NEXO Line Array Defeats ”Flutters Echo” in Multi-purpose Venue
Located in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, the Winter Gardens Pavilion
was completed in 1927. Specialist integrator Design AV Europe was contracted to provide audio and video technology in four areas of the Pavilion: the ballroom itself, the adjacent bar and restaurant, the reception, and the College reception. Damien Orritt of Design AV approached NEXO to supply the audio system for the ballroom/concert hall, designed to work in any one of five audio scenarios: speech, dinners and table-seated events; live band and concert type events; a ballroom mode with sound only on the dancefloor; and a full DJ mode with sound on the dancefloor and the promenade. London-based AMS Acoustics was keen to work on the electroacoustic tuning of the project, as Helen Goddard explains. “This is not an easy space to put loudspeakers into. It has been designed with a natural acoustic which allows a band to be heard all across the dancefloor. The elliptical shape of the room has two distinct axes, and the domed roof was focussing sound back down into the room. There was even a stunning ‘flutter echo’, which is a very rare event!” For the central area (dancefloor), there are left/right clusters of four GEO M620 line array modules, with two LS18 subwoofers built into the surrounding balcony. For the promenade area, NEXO ID24i compact loudspeakers have been fitted. Specifying the 120° x 60° model for its wide dispersion characteristics means that just thirteen speakers are needed to provide full coverage. Powered by 3x NEXO NXAMP4x1 controller/amplifiers, the system is controlled over a BSS Soundweb network. The five user settings give the Winter Gardens a high degree of versatility, with precise speech intelligibility for lectures and conferences, as well as a variety of hospitality and entertainment events. In a separate background music system, playing in the Winter Gardens reception, additional ID24i speakers have been installed, supplemented by a compact S110 subwoofer in white, virtually invisible in its ceiling-mounted location.