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Brief ADAMSON History

I

n 1983, Brock Adamson began creating

sound

reinforcement

products that would open the ears and eyes of audio engineers and designers around the world. He envisioned a method of reproducing sound which, even at extremely high levels, would retain the integrity of the original waveform and preserve

the

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subtleties

of

symmetry,

coherency and intelligibility – nuances most

innovative rigging and cabinet designs that

often lost in translation.

have set new standards throughout the

world.

Over the next two decades,

Adamson’s continued pursuit for sonic

excellence led to a number of important

sound has driven the evolution of Adamson

patents in key loudspeaker technologies

Systems Engineering from a small speaker

being published. From those patented

shop to a company invested in its own

principles

sound

factory, with a broad engineering base

chambers, highly engineered drivers, and

and a wide range of computer controlled

emerged

complex

Brock Adamson ‘s passion for

permanent installations


Brief ADAMSON History

manufacturing machinery. Now Adamson is

recognized

as

one

of

the

“F

most

progressive manufacturer of loudspeaker systems in the industry.

rom

Adamson

layer

Kevlar

pioneered

cone

multi-

technology,

to

Adamson

the remarkable multiple patent bearing ‘Co-

continues spearheading the engineering

Linear Drive Module’, Adamson is dedicated to

department with new sophisticated ideas

innovation and taking acoustic research to the

and

next level. “

Presently,

continues

Brock

advancing

Adamson’s

manufacturing facilities with automation and high-tech machinery.

Adamson’s

highly regarded

Y-Axis true line source arrays unite our

winning dual 15” convertible cardioid

intelligibility for any stage be it in touring or

expertise in wave-shaping sound chamber

sub extension, deliver superior output

a permanent installation.

technology

driver

and coherency compared to any other

designs, derived from the highest modulus

comparably sized line source array in the

Adamson standards specifically designed

materials in use in the industry. Top grade

market. SpekTrix and Metrix systems are

for the contractor market. For the first time

materials such as Baltic Birch, heavy gauge

ideal as stand-alone main systems, and for

contractors are offered Adamson’s wide

steel, lightweight Neodymium and Kevlar

use as various fill enclosures with the Y-Axis

range of high-power Kevlar/Neodymium

are just a few of the raw materials that get

series. The ultra compact Metrix-i Series

drivers which combine the best materials

treated, shaped, machined and painted

debuts the EIR™ rigging system designed

and outstanding performance Adamson is

in-house, making an Adamson speaker

specifically with the permanent installation

known for.

enclosure stand out from the competition.

market in mind, lifting off 10 lbs of the total

Featuring easy-to-use precision rigging

box weight and saving on the overall cost

the new horizontal line array series ‘Eklipsa’

systems and the most predictive and

of the system.

fills in the gap between Vertical Line Arrays

robust array design tools available, our line

and

arrays deliver extreme output, exceptional

monitors from a single 12” to a double

products - for a complete one stop shop

coverage and unrivaled accuracy and

15”, the M Series offers a new level of

for any speaker installation.

with

sophisticated

A full line of low profile stage

Adamson’s Point Series introduces

Adamson’s newest product line

conventional

installation

speaker

coherency.

The

T-21

Sub,

the

industry

leader of woofer designs, offers a superior extension to the Y-Axis Line; it features 6000W of continuous power handling. It features two (multiple patents pending) SD21- 21” Neodymium Kevlar drivers which introduce Brock Adamson’s double spider, dual coil design.

Adamson’s

compact

and

ultra compact Line Source arrays, the SpekTrix, 3-way, 5° and 15° enclosure series complemented by a dual 18” convertible cardioid sub, and the Metrix 2-way, 5° and 15° enclosure series paired with the award

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L to R: Brock Adamson (President & CEO) & Jesse Adamson (Director of Marketing & Sales) Page 4


Large Format Installations


Palais Des Festivals in Cannes, France

A

fter

evaluating

three

other

leading line arrays, the Palais

des Festival in Cannes (France), took delivery and installed twenty-eight Adamson Y10, six Adamson Y10 Subs, 4 Spek-Trix subs in cardioid mode and 4 x LX10 for infills for their main “Grand Auditorium” stage.

T

“T

he theatre is home to the Cannes Film Festival and a variety of other

major French productions. A committee of audio consultants and engineers held the evaluation at the theatre. The decision was unanimous and the system made its debut at

he secondary venue in the Palais

the Midem Awards. “

des Festivals complex called

Auditorium A, is a mid-sized venue used for conferences and show cases. Auditorium A recently received an upgrade with a small flown Metrix system made up of one Metrix Sub, two Metrix 5 degree enclosures and two Metrix W 15 degree enclosures per side. Two CB’s are used as infills.

System Details: 28 x Y10, 6 x Y10 Sub, 4 x Spek-Trix Sub, 4 x LX10, 2 x Metrix Sub, 4 x Metrix 4 x Metrix W

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Singapore National Day Parade, Singapore

S

ingapore National Day Parade`s appointed

technical

director

Nick Eltis together with designer Paul Collison and audio designer Scott Willsallen were given an immense challenge by the Singapore Government: the event was to be the best audio and lighting extravaganza

“T

he 110m wide and 80m deep platform was set 30m back from the 200m wide

seated promenade, and it floated on water with rising and lowering tide, altering the height, and hence the coverage of the speaker systems.”

in the republic’s history.

The

NDP’s

floating

platform

designed for the parade took 8 months to build. The building plan also included a 200 meter 27,500 person capacity seating area along the shoreline. It is the largest floating performance platform in the world, and also featured an internal drainage system, cabling systems and lightning conductors for safety purposes.

For

audio

designer

Scott

Willsallen, the sheer size of the floating

stacked Y10 arrays, each consisting of 8

platform proved a challenge among

enclosures which were placed in front of the

others.

scaffolding towers. The two central ground

System Details:

“I really looked at all possible

stacked Y10 clusters were flanked by EV

12 x T21 Sub

suppliers but I concluded that the Adamson

X-subs in a tapered array and the outer Y10

80 x Y10

Y10 loudspeaker system would provide the

clusters were supplemented by six T-21 Subs

broad, deep coverage pattern required

per side. The installation stayed in place for

for the application” explained Willsallen. His

three months before the NDP event, during

design featured 2 scaffolding towers with

which it was fine-tuned and used for the

24 Y10’s flown on each side, four ground

extensive rehearsal period.

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The Rolling Stone in Milan, Italy

I

t’s impossible to list all the talent that has graced the Rolling Stone’s

stage, but here’s a few: Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Joe Cocker, Beck, Duran Duran, Alanis Morrisette, Oasis, Robin Williams, Massive Attack, and Ben Harper.

In 1999 Il Rolling Stone was

completely

remodeled

and

hanks

“T

he venue’s long term success is partially thanks to its clever interior

design and set-up which lending itself for the many uses that also include fashion shows, televised events and conferences.”

to

this new look, the venue has gathered notoriety holding private events for Italian

royalty such as Armani, Cavalli, Versus, Eros Ramazzotti, and for the likes of The Rolling Stones, whose confidential and frequent visits inspired the club’s title.

Reference Laboratory’s Angelo

Tordini specked and designed this unique main hall installation. It features three complete systems meant for diverse uses. One is the full size, flown, concert set-up. It’s made up of two arrays of a single Y10 Sub on top, with four Y10’s and four SpekTrix 5 degree boxes flown as in a under hang. Two Y10 Subs, each equipped with two 18”

System Details: 1 x T21 Sub 8 x Y10 4 x Y10 Sub 16 x SpekTrix 2 x SpekTrix Sub

Kevlar Neodymium drivers, are placed on the ground to add a balanced low end.

The second system is a complete

surround style system used exclusively for the club nights and private events. The independent club system has two arrays of one SpekTrix Sub and a four SpekTrix under hang, placed directly opposite of the Concert system, as well as a single T21 Sub hung cleverly in the center of the room pointing down from the ceiling, providing 140.5dB of continuous SPL to keep the masses dancing all night.

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SpekTrix & Combination Installations


“Cinerent� Openair cinemas in Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, Portugal and Australia

System Details: Various systems made up of SpekTrix, SpekTrix W, SpekTrix Sub, CB1, LX10, LX12, MH121.5.

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Port Theatre in Nanaimo , Canada

T

he

Port

Theatre

located

in

Nanaimo, BC, seats 769 people,

and can add an additional 33 skid mounted seats in the orchestra pit when it is not in use. The theatre has raked orchestra seating on two levels, and a balcony with multiple level

“I

have had an opportunity to work the SpekTrix system with a wide variety

of productions and have been extremely impressed with the fidelity and dynamics of

loges wrapped around the sides.

the speaker box. Being able to clearly hear 1

With an adjustable proscenium

to 2 db adjustments on console EQ, 60 feet

opening from 42’ to 48’, and utilizing

back has allowed me to add my art into all

reversible reflective or absorbing wall panels

productions that hit our stage. “

to adjust its acoustics, The Port Theatre works equally well as a concert hall, theatre or rock-venue.

These

requirements

varying created

performance a

need

for

predictable vertical control and extended, well defined horizontal coverage. The client also expressed the need for intelligibility, musicality, and sheer power, to address speech, instrumental augmentation, and full-scale rock reinforcement.

The

configuration

for

this

acoustically elegant theatre was simple: Left and right arrays of Five SpekTrix, with

needed to provide sufficient low-end.

3 SpekTrix W’s flown as a stereo pair. The

These were ground-stacked on movable

adjustable rigging frame allowed for a

dollies on each side of the stage, in order to

10 x SpekTrix

single point hang.

avoid sight-line issues, while providing even

6 x SpekTrix W

coverage of the theatre space.

One Spektrix Sub per side was

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System Details:

2 x SpekTrix Subs

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Vilar Cente For Performing Arts in Veil, Colorado

T

he Vilar Center located in the heart

of

Colorado’s

Beaver

Creek Resort, features a 530-seat theatre that presents a variety of year-round performances, such as jazz, comedy, dance, film, musicals and theatre.

“T

he intimate and inviting performance space was designed to exacting

specifications to create perfect acoustics and unobstructed views from every seat.”

The upgrading of the conventional

sound system was greatly driven by the demands of visiting performers. The theatre found itself having to rent systems and found it hard to control the coverage and SPL from one performance to the next (often from a single piano concert to a full blown rock show), and frequently working with an unfamiliar system that wasn’t ideal

effective down fill. Four SpekTrix subs were flown on separate hangs on the outside of

System Details:

the main arrays to retain the appropriate

12 x SpekTrix

length, ideal coverage, and to achieve the

4 x SpekTrix

correct height for the output of the subs.

8 x SpekTrix Subs

for the space.

The

theatre’s

technical

team

started to assess their choices and thorough shootouts were arranged to determine the right system. According to Ed Billeaud, the consulting & visiting sound engineer for the Vilar Center: “The Adamson System was clearly superior in the upper half of the frequency spectrum and demonstrated much

better

sub-woofer

cohesiveness.

It also showed much more accuracy in terms of overall tonal balance; it was more consistent front to back both in terms of tone and volume. The better sensitivity spec of the Adamson system became apparent as they required about 6 % less input from the mixing console for equal output, which will translate into cleaner sounding mixes in actual use.” The system installed featured 6 SpekTrix 5 degree boxes flown from dead hang fly points through the proscenium, on stage L and R, covering the floor and a single balcony. Two SpekTrix W’s15 degree boxes were added to the bottom of each array for

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Le Nouveau Casino in Paris, France

L

e Nouveau Casino is a concert club located in Paris, France.

With a capacity for 400 people, the multipurpose venue is used for anything from intimate Jazz, Rock and Electro concerts to DJ Sets as a dance club.

It

boasts

above

“T

his result is achieved with the use of a small a line-array configuration rather

than a non-directive conventional set-up in a room this size. “

average

acoustics for a design of its age, and has grown to become one of the more prominent club and concert venues in Paris. The system for the venue was designed by DV2’s Julien Poirot.

The main arrays are comprised of

one SpekTrix 5-degree enclosure and three SpekTrix Wave 15-degree enclosures per side, providing excellent coverage for the length of the club, which sits at about 18 meters (59ft), with the W’s suitably shortening the throw. The SpekTrix Lines 120 degree horizontal coverage is more than sufficient for the narrow space which measures 8m (26.2ft), resulting in thorough coverage throughout the listening area.

A single LX10 per side is used as

lip fills on the stage, in order to warm up the

System Details: 2 x SpekTrix 6 x SpekTrix W 2 x LX10 2 x MH121.5

first meter (3.2ft) in front of the stage, and two MH121.5’s are used as flown backfills for a night-club configuration when applicable. The main arrays hang L & R above of the stage, which takes up the entire width of the venue, at a height of about 1.89m (6.2ft) to the bottom of the array, leaving a sufficient amount of clearance even for taller performers.

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Village Church in Flowermound, Texas

T

“T

he Village Church’s Flower Mound Campus Worship Center`s main

sanctuary is a 1,400 seat worship center. As

he

speakers

deliver

an

impressive

amount of volume. Usually for a band

an open and contemporary environment,

performance we only run two of the six (arrays)

it is an ideal and welcoming space for

and still have some headroom. I am VERY

worship, concerts and child education

impressed with the Point-8 speakers as are the

activities alike.

Due

installers and designers, the quality and volume

to the size of the venue

is simply amazing”

and the need for scalability, the Adamson SpekTrix Series fit the bill. Although speech covers a broad range beyond the mids, the trademark warmth in the Adamson midrange adds a special quality to any

of arrays acting as a stereo pair thus placing

style sermon. SpekTrix has superb output for

the sound closest to the band.” comments

its size, and features both 5 and 15 degree

production manager Dustin Hamilton.

(vertical) enclosures which accommodate

the low trim height inherited from the venue’s

added as front fill boxes and in the children’s

System Details:

grocery store days.

room. Consulting and the sound systems

12 x Spek-Trix

Some Point Series enclosures were

Acoustic Dimensions’ Jim

12 x SpekTrix W

Adamson Arrays made up of a combination

Burdette, and the installation was executed

6 x SpekTrix Sub

of SpekTrix

by Clair Brothers.

The

installation

features

and SpekTrix W’s:

six

Efx L, Array

design was

10 x Point 8

A - Array B - Array C - Array D and Efx R. In between Arrays B and C there are 3 JBL Subs in line, and directly behind the B and C Arrays, Adamson SpekTrix Subs are flown. Original placement for the subs was at the top of the main arrays, but they were moved behind due to sight lines. The system of flying subs directly behind the main array is a factory suggested method which utilizes two rigging frames and a standard Adamson Frame Link Adapter.

Not

simultaneously,

all

six

arrays

are

run

but are matched to the

location of where the performance is taking place: “Because of how wide the stage is we created a system that can be adapted to wherever the performance is taking place. If someone is speaking center stage, we use center clusters. When the band performs stage right, the sound is coming from a set

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Paramount Center for the Performing Arts in Peekskill, NY

NY

P has

aramount

Center

for

Performing

Arts

in

Peekskill,

Adamson

SpekTrix

installed

the

speakers.

Originally built as a 1500-seat

movie palace, the Peekskill

Paramount

“T

he operating options are a stereo 4-way with near fills, and a stereo

3-way with subs being fed by their own signal with near fills, as a secondary option.”

Theatre first opened its doors on June 27, 1930.

The Paramount’s stage is a

“modified thrust.” The original stage was just 13 feet deep. In the late 1970’s, a thrust stage was added in front of the original.

A series of major renovations

and a historic restoration project have been completed over the past three years. 4'-0 5/8"

multidisciplinary center for the arts, with live

performances,

arts-in-education

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The new speaker system is a

flexible 2 in 1 set-up. The L and R main arrays consist of 12 Adamson SpekTrix and 2 Adamson SpekTrix Sub enclosures per

60

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wfl

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movie speaker pipe Legs

Twofer/Threefering is the same on upper section Roll Down 20' x 30' FP movie screen

curtain

Dressing Room (no plumbing)

Dressing Room

42'-0"

30'-6 1/2"

dimmer racks

52'-4 5/8"

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1st elec 20 - S4 PAR WFL 8 - 26 degree S4 Cir 37-54 53-54 spare

75

39'-0" 40'-3"

organ loft SL 4 - 26/36 degree S4 Cir 73-78 79-80 spare

organ loft SR 4 - 26/36 degree S4 Cir 79-84 77-78 spare

programs, films, and visual art exhibitions.

strip Circuits 92=red 96=amber 91=blue 93=green

Black Traveler 56 64

Today the Paramount Center

for the Arts operates as a year-round

Cir 91-96

strip Circuits 87=red 88=amber 89=blue 90=green

2nd elec Ladder truss 40 - S4 PAR WFL 4 - 26 degree S4 Cir 55-72

levels of orchestra seating and a balcony.

6

wall mounted circuits

Cir 85-90

26°

Presently the total seating sits at 1024 in 2

C L 6

wall mounted circuits

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mfl

mfl

mfl

13

16

18

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4

FOH truss 20 - S4 PAR 10 - 19 degree S4 Cir 13-36 31-35 spare 36 = icues

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System Details: 26°

26°

14D

12 x Spek-Trix

12

5

14D

14D

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2

6

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55' throw to stage

2

6 5

8 8

Balcony Rail

2 x SpekTrix Sub

Balcony Box Boom HR

side. There are also 5 Adamson CB1 near

6 - 14 degree S4 1 - 26 degree S4 circuits 7-12

5 x CB1

fills present.

Additional Audio Position 60' to front of stage Handicap Seating

ETC 14 degree S4

ETC 19 degree S4

1 unit number 12 dimmer

ETC 36 degree S4

Altman Satellite (qty 2)

ETC SR PAR

C L This Drawing represents a visual interpretation of various elements for the production. It does not determine the structural integrity of any elements. It does not guarantee the information that has been given to Marlyn from any vendor or venue. All Materials and construction techniques must comply with the most stringent applicable codes, federal and local codes including: Fire, Safety, Structural and Electrical. The concepts and designs, and documents shown or referred to is a collaboration of designer and technicians and can only be used on the mentioned project and for the specified client. Marlyn Productions, Inc., 22 North Division Street, Peekskill, NY 10566, 914-788-0102

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followspots in balcony

Lighting Control House Audio

followspots in balcony

ETC 26 degree S4

Client:

Seating Capacity: 641 Lower Level 384 Balcony level 1025 Total

Paramount Center for the Arts

Show Name:

House Rep Plot

Drawing Name: # of People

# of People

Ground Plan Seating Style:

Seating Style

Production Company:

Venue:

Producer:

Room Name:

Prod. Comp. Address:

Venue Address:

Marlyn Productions

Seating Detail:

Seating Style

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Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville, KY

T

“A

he Glema Mahr Centre for The Arts, in Madisonville, Kentucky,

holds up to 1000 people and is used for

with very satisfying results,”

shows, Broadway’s touring productions, theatre

and

riders we received from touring acts, and in

the past we had rented Adamson Y-10 arrays for shows

a variety of different events including rock community

damson is a brand that satisfies all of the tech

school

functions.

System Details: The installation for the centre

10 x SpekTrix

consists of 10 SpekTrix, 2 SpekTrix W, 4

2 x SpekTrix W

SpekTrix Subs, and 6 M15 speakers.

4 x SpekTrix Sub

The SpekTrix, W’s and Subs are

6 x M15

flown in L and R stereo arrays, each with 2 subs at the top, followed by 5 Spektrix 5 degree enclosures, and a single 15 degree SpekTrix W as a downfill at the bottom.

The M15’s are used as triple duty

speakers as front fills, stage monitors and as mains for the centre’s smaller Coffeehouse series of shows.

apples”.

New amplifiers and processors

accompanying

the

Adamson

“When

Adamson

was

set-up

suggested, we got excited because we

include Lab.gruppen PLM 10000Q for the

had originally thought Adamson was out

subs and SpekTrix boxes, Lab.gruppen

of our budget.” Along with a new Adamson

fP+6000Q used for the W’s MF an LF

system, additional changes made within

sections, fP2400 for the W’s HF section, and

the centre included the move of the

Install Series C48:4 for the monitors.

FOH station from a booth, to a more

Rob Blumrick, Technical Director

engineer friendly location at the back of

for The Glema Mahr Centre for The Arts,

the house, with a new wall/railing around

made the decision to purchase a new

the mix pit to enhance it visually. Since the

system due to problems that existed with

installation, the centre has received many

the centre’s previous set-up. Blumrick used

compliments regarding the evenness of

a “best value” process when deciding on

the sound throughout the house, and the

which system to purchase. “The bid specs

intelligibility of the sound produced.

went through several changes before a

final specs and approach was settled

Adamson & Lab.gruppen system in the

on. The tricky part was keeping the specs

house,” says Blumrick. “It frees me from

vague enough to allow flexibility between

the hassle of coordinating another layer of

installation companies, but making sure

load-in and it gives me a more consistent

that our overall standards were the same.

sound than rentals that come and go. It

This also allowed bidders to show us unique

also helps me serve the community and

packages, but still bidding “apples to

allows me treat them like real stars.”

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Willingdon Church in Burnaby, BC

I

“A

n the 1,200 seat House of Worship where musicals, cantatas, weekly

sermons, worship services and concerts are enjoyed by members of the Burnaby Community.

Pastor Ron Clark selected the

fter listening to the Adamson system the first time and then

reviewing other line array ’s in the industry, it seemed that they were missing something

Adamson system which he thought would

that could not be pin pointed, but upon

best suit their variety of needs.

coming back for a final demonstration with

Willingdon Church purchased 16

Adamson, it was apparent that it fulfilled

Spektrix Cabinets, four Spektrix Subs, one

all sound requirements, and we were

M121.5, and nine CB1’s.

Their

stereo

system

design

convinced it was the right choice.“

consists of L and R arrays of 8 five degree (vertical) Spektrix cabinets, plus two 15 degree Spektrix W flown at the bottom of the arrays.

Low-end configuration has two

Spektrix Subs were placed dead center under the stage, and a flown centre cluster of two SpekTrix Subs in cardioid mode.The sub formation is processed separately using factory specified cardioid mode presets.

To

achieve

even

coverage

throughout the whole venue, a single MH

System Details: found that it performs flawlessly at higher levels. We also had an opportunity to try out

16 x Spek-Trix

Adamson’s famous T21 sub-woofer, and

4 x SpekTrix Sub

there’s only one word that can describe it,

1 x MH 121.5

“Incredible!!”

9 x CB1

121.5 was placed on the upper balcony as side fill, and six CB1’s were distributed as under balcony fills on the main sanctuary level, three more CB1’s were installed for a choir fill.

System technician Mark Siemens

notes that “The warmth and clarity without any harshness really sold me on this system. We go from choir and orchestra, to rock within the same service, and the Spektrix system performs great for both”.

Audio Technician Kevin Koehn

was quite excited after being able test drive the system: “I’m very impressed with our new sound system. I like to drive the system a little harder than most, and I have Page 17

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Suwon Oudoor Concert Hall in Suwon, Korea

S

uwon

Outdoor

Concert

Hall

installed an Adamson sound

system for its amphitheatre’s seated area. Korea’s most celebrated amphitheatre is located at the heart of a grand ovalshaped park in the center of Sewon City,

“M

r. Yong’s design features a classical stereo design of left and right

flown arrays made-up of a single double 18” cardioid SpekTrix Subs on top of each array

at a close proximity to Korea’s capital city

with four 8.5” 5 degree SpekTrix enclosures

of Seoul.

hung below the bus, and two 8.5” 15 degree

With its excellent stage design

and surrounding landscape, the SOCH was awarded the Korea Architecture Prize

SpekTrix W (Wide Angle Vertical Enclosures) for front fills at the bottom of each array.“

in 1996. Such world-class musicians as Pavarotti, Sumi Jo, and Andrea Bocellini have graced its stage. The concert hall is also home to the Suwon Metropolitan Symphony and the Suwon Metropolitan Choir.

The venue’s smallish conventional

seated area of 15 meters x 20 meters is

nature of the amphitheatre’s permanent

taken up by 796 seats, but the oval park’s

roof made from a tarp like material. In

meticulously manicured lawns can hold

windy conditions it creates some levels of

up to 15,000 additional spectators. The

uncontrollable noise which could not be

installed system will easily cover beyond

masked with the previous system’s coverage

the permanent seated area, but was not

and output. A line array system is much more

designed to be used as a full park system.

accurate and directional, and is capable of

8 x Spek-Trix

producing significantly higher SPL than the

4 x SpekTrix W

The original design for the venue

proved to be problematic due to the

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previous install.

System Details:

2 x SpekTrix Sub

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Domicil Jazz Club in Dortmund, Germany

T

he fairly new Domicil was recently voted one of the top 100 Jazz

clubs in the world by Downbeat Magazine, and it is also commonly known as one of the best jazz venues in Germany. In addition to its signature sounds, national and international artists of world music, avant garde and

“T

he entire club’s footprint is about 1500

sq.meters

and

includes

a

café, a clubroom for smaller concerts for up to 100 people, and the main concert hall with 300 seats and standing room for 500.“

occasionally even rock bands have graced its stages.

Hamburg

based

Dirtector

of

Adamson`s European Operations Jochen Sommer executed the sound design using Shooter v.2.7.0.

The new P.A. in the main venue

consists of L and R flown arrays of two Spektrix (5-degrees) with a two-box Adamson SpekTrix W (15-degrees) underhang. Two SpekTrix double 18” Subs per side are placed on the floor.

According to Mark Scholtz in

Domicil’s production management: “The old system was the first system in the new club, but unfortunately it did not meet the musical needs.” A shootout was arranged between Adamson, and well known German and French manufacturers. Adamson had come recommended by sound engineers, including Jörn Müller who commented that “Adamson is the best system for the buck”.

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Metrix Installations


Stade de la Route de Lorient in Lorient, France

A

W

udiolite has completed the installation of a permanent

system for the Football Stadium of Lorient.

ith the special rigging hardware and unusual coverage area, the Metrix W ’s

The venue is a 31,127 all-seated, state-of

proved a fine choice. “Due to difficult rigging

the art stadium. The soil remains un-heated

point options, a vertical area of 90 degrees had

as the soccer team takes a winter break

to be covered with each cluster, making the

and Brittany is rarely recipient of heavy snowfalls. The stadium isn’t covered as

Adamson Metrix W ’s 15-degree vertical coverage

a choice, on the basis that a roof would

essential”

increase the cost by a large amount, limit future expansion work, and probably worsen the state of the natural playing field due to lack of sunlight.

The Stadium’s new sound system

is mainly used for speeches and sportsevent entertainment segments including music, but occasionally the venue is used for larger events such as the Festival Interceltique de Lorient.

On the site, project supervisor

Franck Fily, sound system designer Sylvain Turpin - who was also in charge of the system alignment, rigging expert Lionel Gillet,

and

cable

manufacturer

Jord

Mallejac, placed 3 clusters of 6 Adamson Metrix W’s in the North bleachers and four

water-proofing parts such as the already weather resilient Kevlar cones. All rigging hardware including frames and pins were

System Details:

galvanized. The grill was constructed from

60 x Metrix W

aluminum, instead of the usual steel.

“The Adamson ND-8LM 16 Ohm

drivers made us gain some savings due to less cabling and amplifying. We put 6 Metrix W LF & HF’s on two channels of a Lab. gruppen C68:4” A second phase of the install has added another 18 Metrix Ws to complete another tribune.

clusters of 6 Adamson Metrix W’s in the Presidential bleachers.

With the system’s permanent

placement outdoors at a close proximity to the salty winds of the Altantic Ocean, many anticipatory steps were taken to guarantee the system’s longevity. First, was waterproofing it against humidity using a special paint for the birch enclosure. It was then varnished inside out with a special varnish covering every inch of the wooden surface.

The usual Speakon connectors

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University Chapel in Cambellsville, KY

R

ansdell

Chapel

at

Campbellsville University in KY,

is an 800 seat chapel complex on campus

“O

nce we heard the Adamson equipment in the room there

serving the 2,500 student body to many

was no need to continue with any further

performances by their music department

demos. Everyone in the room was blown

throughout the year.

Single

podium

microphone

gatherings to full scale concerts featuring

away by what we heard and we started to design the system right then.”

touring artists, along with the school’s full concert band, choir and orchestra performances require the chapel to be very diverse in its capabilities.

The task of rejuvenating the

sound in the chapel began with four different sound engineers in the room. “After meeting with all four of them I was able to immediately cut two from the list.” JCA Media with Marc Warling of On-Line Marketing came to Ransdell to demo their gear, all Adamson products.

I had never even heard of

Adamson, but once I had it was all over.

System Details:

That demo was the clearest speaker I had

8 x Metrix

ever heard.” said the coordinator of audio

2 x Metrrix W

and visual services at the university, Doug

2 x Metrix Sub

Price.

Installation began with 8 Metrix,

2 Metrix Waves and 2 Metrix Subs flown left and right, with the left-right placement required due to the aesthetics of the room.

White

speakers

matched

to

the colour of the chapel, were custom made to appreciate the artistic design. “[There are] many reflective surfaces, the motivating reason for going with a speaker with such tight tolerances. Adamson really put the sound where we needed it and kept the surfaces free from deflections.”

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Singapore Zoo, Singapore

T

he

Singapore

Zoological

Gardens installed an Adamson

Metrix Line Array System in the zoo’s Shaw Foundation

Amphitheatre.

The

newly

renovated 1,400 seat Amphitheatre is home to a variety of animal presentations

“T

he system was installed right above the stage line, rather than on the ground

to help minimize a negative response from the easily scared animals in the shows.”

and information shows.

During the renovation of the

open-air

Shaw

additions

were

Amphitheatre, made

including

many the

construction of a new fabric membrane roof, further rows of seating at the top, and a wide corridor for additional standing room. Purchasing criteria for the new sound system was primarily based on budget, coverage, requisite SPL and a fresh contemporary look.

The sound system design was

executed by Team 108’s Kevin Nair and Mark Tan, who prepared all cabling and special caged rigging for the install. Mr Nair’s design features a L and R flown hang, each consisting of two Adamson Metrix Subs at the top of the arrays, two 5 degree Metrix enclosures and four 15 degree Metrix W’s at the bottom, to complement and provide even coverage for the amphitheatre’s typically inclined seating.

The

audience

area

now

possesses perfect sound with only one problem spot on stage, where there is a slight slap-back from the seating area’s concrete step construction; fortunately the reflection is virtually eliminated when the audience is present. System Details: 4 x Metrix 8 x Metrix W 4 x Metrix Sub Page 23

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The National Theatre in San Jose, Costa Rica

on

T

“T

he Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica opened to the public

October

21,

1897.

The

building

is a national heritage building and is

he

theatre`s new sound system

would need to deliver extreme sound

clarity and smooth balance in all of the seats

considered the finest historical landmark in

worthy of a national theatre, yet have a very

the capital. The bidders for the install had to

small size to keep the optical annoyance of

submit a substantial amount of technical

contemporary technology in a century building

information

to a minimum.“

that

included

numerous

coverage simulations to prove that a balanced sound which Claudio Schifani Alvarez, (Technical Director of the Teatro Nacional) and his committee were looking for was indeed attainable, plus It would have to be achieved with a minimum amount of speakers to avoid visual distraction, thus maintaining the theater’s integrity as a masterpiece of art.

An ultra compact Adamson

2-way (3-way with sub) line array was chosen after a long process of stringent bidding with most of the usual suspects present.

A custom pair of structures were

built to hang the clusters without touching the front face of the proscenium.

Off

those arms eight Metrix-i enclosures, with a

rotatable horns were used as removable fill cabinets on the lip of the stage, as well as to cover 2 blind spots in the outer corners of the stage. The CB1’s were hung horizontally using their standard brackets and their waveguides were rotated to cover 60 degrees on the horizontal plain as they did not want them to bleed to the orchestra level.

footprint of only 8.5” in height by 21” width and weighting in at 43.5 lbs each, were mounted. At the bottom of each array two metrix-W-i enclosures which have a 15-degree vertical coverage, took care of the first rows of the orchestra seating area. The total hang weight including the Metrixi’s heavier steel frame topped at 295kg per System Details:

array.

Two subs were ground stacked

sans dollies on each side of the stage to avoid rolling as the lip of the stage has a slight decline towards the front.

Four CB-1 enclosures with 60 x 90

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MHC Herning Congress Center & Hall in Herning, Denmark

M

CH center is made up of a Congress center, exhibition

center and an outdoor arena. The congress centre is comprised of a large amphitheatre style auditorium, three concert halls and 4 distinct meeting rooms.

The

Metrix

exhibits

all

that

“T

he

Congress

Hall,

with

seating for 1,800 guests, and

the Concert Hall, with space for 2,400 received new audio installations from Adamson Systems.“

Adamson is known for; great warm vocal quality with present and coherent mids and hi’s, with enough bottom end and SPL (peak at 132.5dB) to cover both venues evenly. The

System Details:

Metrix’s ultra compact size makes it discreet and lets the focus be where it is needed; on

16 x Metrix

stage and on the performer.The low ceiling

12 x Metrix W

height of the Congress Hall installation calls

6 x Metrix Sub

for 4 short Metrix clusters. Two clusters are flown L and R of stage, 2 flown as delays in the middle of the hall and two Metrix Subs sit on the on the stage. Each cluster is made of 1 Metrix-i and 2 Metrix W-i enclosures and the bottom of the array, totaling in 35 degrees of vertical and 120 degrees of horizontal coverage. As a permanent installation Adamson’s –i series rigging the EIR™ system was used rather than the touring AIR™ rigging, making each enclosure 10lbs lighter and more economical.

T

he

Concert

Hall

design

was

originally planned to be used

only for speech and AV, but so far it has been used for about 50% of the actual shows performed in the venue. Each cluster consists of 6 Metrix-i and 2 Metrix W-i hangs with 2 Subs ground stacked below the arrays. The semi-permanent system system when tours which are carrying their own gear use the existing points for their hangs. is slid out to be used as an outfill using a custom built boom system when tours which are carrying their own gear use the existing points for their hangs. Page 25

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Point Series & Conventional Products Installations


Republic Club in Vancouver, BC

R

epublic, a busy Vancouver club on Granville has revamped their

entire sound system with Adamson Speakers. Republic is open seven days a week; during the day Republic is a busy pub and sports bar, and at night it features live DJs and

“v

isiting sound engineers and DJs have been very impressed with the installation, especially

the T-21 subwoofer: “It does not matter what we throw at it, the subwoofer handles any style of music extremely well, with amazing clarity and fidelity.”

entertainment transforming itself into a dance club.

The upstairs main dance area

features 4 Adamson M15 Multi-purpose enclosures arrayed as four single horizontal boxes with the Mass™ System and a single T-21 Sub placed in front of the DJ booth.

In

the

downstairs

area,

four

Adamson CB1 cabinets are run in stereo, with a summed single B118 subwoofer. During the day when the venue is a pub and restaurant format, the CB1s offer a high fidelity crystal clear sound for the soft rock and jazz music played as background music.

In the evening, when the Republic

transforms into a club, the CB1s have no problem keeping up with the DJ and live format. There are two CB1s installed on each side of the bar, and one pointing at people as they walk up the stairwell, for a total of seven CB1s in the downstairs area. Three CB1s covering the upstairs bar and games area, and another two cover the patio area.

Lab.gruppen C-Series power all the

Adamson speakers. The amplifiers perform from 11am to 3am, seven days a week.

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T

here are a few examples in the previous pages where the Point

Series have been used in conjunction with other series of speakers as various fill boxes.

“P

resently, the Point Series have been installed in world class venues such

Here are some Point Series installation

as the newly built and famous Pompidou

examples.

Center’s

new

location

in

Metz,

France,

opened to the public in May 2010, The center •

Théâtre

Municipal

de

Colmar

(picture below) which is a classical

features major works from the collection of the

Italian style opera house presenting

Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre

theatre, opera, dance, song and

Pompidou in Paris. ”

various concerts. •

Recently completed Le Diapason Salle de Spectacles (picture bottom left) is a performance center with 608 seats and 14 handicap reserved places.

Theatre

Le

Palace

in

Paris

in

conjunction with the SpekTrix Series •

La Chapplle Church - a historical church which recently received full restoration and echnology upgrades

Pablo Picasso Cultural Center in Homecourt in conjuncton with the Metrix Series

Centre des arts d’Enghien les Bains

Radio France in Paris in conjuntion with with M Series monitors

L’observatoire venue within SMAC

In a notorius Dance Club/S&M Club ‘Cutheum’ in Germany

The hip and popular Joko Restaurant in Cyprus.

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Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky

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Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky

This is the design we did: 12XY10 & 2Waves. The cross over point between Y10 and Waves is at 40 feets from the stage. The waves were starting to cover at 15 feet from the stage.

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Chateau De Versailles, France

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