Alongside an Iconyx IC32 loudspeaker (far right) stood Nobel
Peace Prize laureate, US PresidentBarack Obama (far left) during
the Nobel Peace prize award ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo.Oslo (December 15, 2009)—Last week, US President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace prize in Oslo, making his acceptance speech through a Renkus-Heinz Iconyx system.
President Obama’s acceptance speech, made through a pair of AKG C747s, and the musical performances from soprano Solveig Kringlebotn, bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding, and Chinese pianist Lang Lang, were all delivered through the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx system. Mixing was handled on an Allen & Heath iLive 112 with an iDR-32 I/O, feeding the internally powered Renkus-Heinz IC32s.
The ceremony marked the début for Oslo City Council Hall’s Iconyx digitally steerable array system, comprised of IC32s that are supplemented by matching CF121M active monitors and PN212 active subwoofers. The system, custom colored to blend in with the surrounding architecture and mounted flush to the walls, was designed and installed by Benum, Renkus-Heinz’s Norwegian distributor.
The IC32s were installed this summer with fine tuning performed using Renkus-Heinz BeamWare and SDA’s EASERA (Electronic & Acoustic System Evaluation and Response Analysis) software.
In charge of sound for the Nobel Peace Prize presentation was Benum’s senior audio team, headed by sound engineers Morten Jorseth and Erik Bergersen, with project design technician Sverre Jøssund, Ronald Hernes and Peder Krohn from Benum.
Jøssund commented: “It was a very exciting day, with an incredible atmosphere. As a company we are very experienced with large events, but the expectation on this occasion was exceptional. Several billion people around the world tuned in to the speech, and of course the live audience in the City Hall was full of famous politicians and dignitaries. The hall itself has very hard acoustics with highly reflective surfaces, which is why we specified Iconyx for it in the first place. It was the perfect sound system for such an occasion.”