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Adamson IS-Series Keeps Focus at Baycourt Addison Theatre

When administrators at the Baycourt Community and Arts Centre in Tauranga, New Zealand decided to replace the louds peaker system in the Addison Theatre, they initiated a rigorous selection process. Following a formal shootout of four leading brands, the install-focused IS-Series from Adamson Systems Engineering was chosen as the ideal solution. “The brief from the client stipulated a number of criteria, such as suitability for both musical theatre and touring bands, excellent clarity while retaining a warm sound, and even coverage throughout the entire venue,” begins Mike Hughes of Intec Systems Ltd., an Auckland-based firm specializing in the design, sale, and installation of commercial audio, lighting, and video systems. Sourced via Direct Imports, Adamson’s exclusive distributor in New Zealand, the resulting system is comprised of left right arrays of eight IS7 two-way, full range cabinets per side alongside three flown IS118 subwoofers per side in a front-back-front cardioid configuration. The IS7 arrays needed to be above the theatre’s proscenium chaser lights to ensure unhindered sightlines from every seat, while additionally allowing the rotatable wing panels to work unhindered and minimizing the energy hitting the backs of the acoustic reflectors. The sub arrays are flown alongside the IS7s but slightly higher to avoid the rotating wing wall. Intec made extensive use of Adamson’s Blueprint AV simulation software during the design process. “The tender requested EASE simulations; however, Blueprint is an excellent and more flexible tool for adjusting angles and monitoring results,” notes Hughes. “The sound is smooth and pristine throughout the entire venue, without the peaks and differences in tone we’d experienced previously,” says Dale Henderson, the centre’s Technical Manager. “It’s a pleasure having a system that provides sufficient bass throughout the Addison Theatre without disrupting the adjacent performance and public spaces.”

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