Berlin, Germany (June 30, 2006)–For a nation fixated on model building (Germany has the highest per capita concentration of model railway enthusiasts in the world), it is outdoing itself during the World Cup.
All the sounds from the televised games from Adidas Arena in Berlin during the World Cup are reproduced by d&b audiotechnik’s J-Series line-array loudspeaker system.There is just no way everyone who wants to attend the various matches of the World Cup can possibly be accommodated. The solution: placing large-format, outdoor LED TV screens in prominent public spaces throughout German cities, then adding a good-quality PA system. Except that it is not quite the same experience. Yes, viewers see it all–arguably better than those actually watching the match in the stadium, and have the atmosphere of possibly being amongst a large crowd who all share in the excitement.
Adidas found a solution; one that will no doubt be taken up more and more over the coming years. Berlin’s Adidas Arena is a scaffold and arena-seating structure with a difference. Modeled in a scale rendition of the Berlin Stadium, the exterior even has the same scenic panels to complete the illusion. That way, 10,000 fans enjoy the true stadium experience. And with the modeler’s eye for detail, to complete the Teutonic stadium feeling, all sounds from the televised games are reproduced by a German-built d&b audiotechnik loudspeaker system.
The system is comprised of d&b’s line array J-Series, using J8, J12 and J subwoofers with some Q1s used for fills, all driven by d&b D12 amplifiers and provided by audio experts, Eggs and Bulbs. Even though it is a temporary installation, the PA is being used to provide an emergency evacuation system. “We have two presets in an SPS unit to switch the d&b D12 amplifiers to the ‘B’-input to reconfigure the system to a setup without J-Subs for the evacuation system,” explained Martin Stoll from Eggs & Bulbs. “We have a Bosch Plena system with 32 100V loudspeakers with a battery power supply in case of power loss. But with power on, one can speak over the PA and stop the normal signal to talk over it. We believe this is the first mobile stadium emergency evacuation system ever.” The system was designed by Stoll, with additional setup from Bernd Dimbek.