The Glasshouse is the flagship performing arts, conference and entertainment centre in regional NSW.
Jands , who were the head staging contractor for this project, appointed The P.A. People to draw up plans for the sound system design and to undertake systems integration for the venue. The project works for the Glasshouse included the commissioning, design, and installation of the stage lighting, DMX distribution, patch panels, dimmers and controls, stage manager’s systems including CCTV and paging, stage luminaires, the theatre audio system and studio lighting controls.
Wrapped around the sculpted form of the tall auditorium, the foyers are open and glassy, and are naturally ventilated. Shaped voids and overhangs are created to facilitate street shade, airflow and an exciting architectural journey from street to auditorium. These impressive foyer areas utilize a JBL Control speaker system of 24CTM and 26CT ceiling speakers together with Control 328, Control 30 and 25AV cabinets, all powered by Crown amplifiers.
The P.A. People’s project team leader, Brett Steele said that with all the glass and open areas and different sound sources they had to spend a fair bit of time commissioning the system. The Control 328s, which are high powered ceiling speakers, especially sound nice in the 6m high space.
For the theatre’s main PA a JBL VRX loudspeaker system was chosen and configured as a L-C-R system in three drops of four VRX932LA cabinets finished in black, augmented by two double 18-inch ASB6128 sub bass loudspeaker, which are flown behind the centre cluster. Three JBL Control 28T60 loudspeakers make up the front fill component located in the front edge of the stage, all of which is powered by six Crown CTs3000 amplifiers. Four JBL PRX512M 500W powered monitors are also utilized.
Brett added that the JBL VRX loudspeaker system was a good, price-effective option to cover the theatre’s needs. Since installation he has received good reports on the VRX loudspeaker from the theatre staff.
Digital signal processing has been entrusted to a BSS Blu80 processor with eight inputs and eight outputs. This can be configured via a Blu10 control panel in the control room, negating the need for theatre technicians to walk to the amplifier room on level 4.
Brett remarked that the Blu10 gives the theatre staff a nice and easy interface to turn the system on and off and to select the various system configuration presets.
The FOH and monitoring speaker systems are mixed on a Soundcraft GB8 40ch console, which is also served by a Lexicon MPX-1 effects engine and Marantz CDR 510 CD recorder.
The microphone inventory including Shure Beta 58 and KSM27 wired models and a UHF-R wireless system complete with lapel and hand held microphone transmitters.
A ClearCom Encore MS702 partyline master station was provided for all the theatres’ internal communications needs. This is located in the SMD, but is cabled to the system via the SMD umbilical and patched into the control room. The intercom outstations are equipped with an inventory comprising a total of eight ClearCom RS601 partyline beltpack’s and four KB701 speaker stations. It’s a straightforward two-channel comms system with lots of patchable spurs to give the venue flexibility.
A three universe DMX backbone infrastructure is distributed over ten spurs and four custom DMX inlet plates together with central patching, including three Jands DD8s in the control room racks. The P.A. People were also responsible for the IT infrastructure including 65 data tie lines over 38 outlet plates, with central patching across three RJ45 patch bays. The level 4 dimmer room includes thirteen Jands HPX-12SC and six HP-6HRC customised dimmer racks, all fitted with special high rise time filters, for which each rack has been supplied with a separate rack mounted transition panel to present the dimmed outlets in a format compatible with the patch panels installed.
An ETC Ion lighting control console with 1024 patchable outputs and an LCD monitor is backed up by a system infrastructure which includes Jands SB series back boxes and panels in high traffic areas and Clipsal 2000 series plates in the FOH and other BOH areas.