Canada (January 17, 2006)–The Port Theatre, located in Nanaimo, BC, hosts a wide variety of local and international theatrical and music performances, 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 loges wrapped around the sides. It also sports a brand-new Adamson SpekTrix Line Array.
Jim Kent, the assistant technical director and head of audio engineer for the Port Theatre, contacted Keith Vanderkley, director of North-American sales at Adamson, looking to acquire a new sound system. With an initial design in hand, Bruce Halliday (technical director for The Port Theatre), Kent and Vanderkley worked out a plan for a demonstration of the SpekTrix Line Array to coincide with a concert featuring the band Alpha YaYa Diallo. This would allow the SpekTrix to be evaluated under real life conditions.
Around the same time LTS, an installation and production company based out of Vancouver, BC, was conducting a demo of a 16 box SpekTrix rig at the Festival Du Bois in Port Coquitlam, nearby Vancouver. The Spektrix were ferried to Vancouver Island, and the demo resulted in an order for an Adamson installation.
The configuration was simple: Left and right arrays of Five SpekTrix, with 3 SpekTrix WAVEs flown as a stereo pair. The adjustable rigging frame allowed for a single point hang. One Spektrix Sub per side was needed to provide sufficient low-end. These were ground-stacked on movable dollies on each side of the stage, in order to avoid sight-line issues, while providing coverage of the theatre space. Lab.gruppen amplifiers powered the Spektrix and Lake Contour provided processing, allowing Kent to tune the arrays in minimal time.
The system design was executed by Vanderkley, and fine-tuned by Adamson Europe DV2’s technical director Didier dal Fitto. The use of the Adamson Shooter Software. Final tuning and testing of the installation was provided by Vanderkley and LTS Vancouver.
Adamson Systems Engineering