Fredon Industries was contracted to design, supply and install a flexible audio visual system at the new performing arts venue of the Oxford Falls Grammar School.
The new Pringle Building at the school includes new performing arts facilities such as music tutor rooms, dance and drama rehearsal rooms, an intimate theatre with retractable tiered seating and extensions to the Resource Learning Centre.
The school wanted to expand their sports facility into a multi-use arena to cater to both sports and the performing arts. Essentially a hole was cut into the side of the existing basketball court and a flat floor stage area installed. A lecture theatre is also located behind the stage area, which also doubles as a drama and dance studio.
The sound system needed to cover the main auditorium space and the drama/dance studio as well as the lecture theatre with all three spaces required to interlink. Nick Orsatti, Fredon’s Audio Visual Manager explains that the three spaces could also alternatively operate as three discrete spaces if required, depending on the size of the event being staged.
Nick designed different speaker solutions, which included a JBL VRX system flown in a left-centre-right configuration to cater to the wide auditorium when large school productions take place. The left and right hangs each comprise of three VRX928-LA with a VRX915 sub sitting on top whilst the centre cluster has four VRX928-LA for extra vertical coverage.
Concerned about the hard surfaces of the basketball court, Fredon decided to go with a solution with better pattern control and dispersion characteristics. By modelling the space and providing precise aiming, and using a curved line array system, they were able to focus the energy away from the reflective areas.
Crown amplifiers are used throughout the space including three Crown XTi 4002 units powering the auditorium PA, a Crown XLS 1000 for the lecture theatre and a Crown XTi 1002 for the dance studio.
Four JBL Control 30 speakers on the stage include two configured to act as side fill when required, or for music reproduction when the stage is used as a dance studio. Another pair of JBL Control 30 speakers point back towards the lecture theatre to provide FOH for the small presentation mode. The dance theatre also has two MRX512M fold back speakers. Two JBL Control 29AV speakers are installed into the lecture theatre for standalone operation.
Nick added that all the systems were tied in by the BSS BLU-100 audio DSP with provision for live mixing. Shure microphones used throughout the facility include a MX410C lectern microphone, plus a couple of Shure ULX wireless microphone systems complete with wireless antenna boosters and receiver antennas.
Staging wise, Jands supplied all the drapes around the body of the stage area as well as Jands H500P-VX motorised hoists and Jands JLX-Pro lighting bars over the stage.
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