New York (October 16, 2007)–Systems designer and integrator, AEG, recently installed a HiQnet networked audio system for the O2 Arena and adjacent Indigo Club in London. Formerly the Millennium Dome, the facility was gutted and re-outfitted by AEG for its use as the main attraction in London’s sports and concert arenas and its prominent future use as an Olympic venue in 2012.
ID Networks in the UK was chosen to program the HiQnet system and ensure that the pieces all fit together. ID Networks’ Martin Barbour accomplished the programming of both the system in the 23,000 seat arena and the 3,000 capacity club.
The main arena system features HiQnet products including an AKG HUB 4000 Q, 31 BSS Audio Soundweb London processors and 180 Crown amplifiers comprising two-channel and eight-channel CTs and I-Tech models, the latter devices powering four JBL VerTec VT4889 line array hangs.
ID Networks set the system up so that Harman Pro Group’s HiQnet System Architect and sister application HiQnet London Architect software provide control and monitoring user interfaces, allowing all routing and paging to be handled through two 24″ touch screen monitors. The Soundweb London devices monitor all devices in the audio chain from microphone to loudspeaker; should any component indicate a fault, either System Architect or London Architect help diagnose and repair the problem. All audio distribution between Soundweb London devices and to the CTs amplifiers is via CobraNet with analog outputs being used to feed the I-Tech amplifiers.
An AKG HUB 4000 Q system allows the AKG wireless microphones to be connected to the network. The system includes two Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles performing both front of house and monitor duties. Processing is carried out by six dbx DriveRack 4800 Processors. Networked Crown I-Tech amplifiers provide power for the passive JBL VerTec line arrays with additional HiQnet-compatible powered JBL loudspeakers as stage fills. The network was configured and the system tuned with HiQnet System Architect.
Harman Pro Group