London (May 15, 2009)–The Leicester Square Theatre in London recently got an audio upgrade that included loudspeakers, mixer and other equipment from Spanish audio manufacturer Ecler.
The sound installation was designed and specified by Worcester-based Total Audio’s Peter Knowles, based around Ecler’s AMBIT series of discreet architectural cabinets.
Knowles explains, “The theatre wanted an intimate feel with a sound brief that could cope with a number of different set ups. The Ecler specification won through against the other quotes, on cost and in demonstration. The products are really well specified, which makes Ecler a very cost-effective solution.”
The system, which services the 390-capacity main auditorium, is based around a Front of House configuration with two delay rows. Knowles adds: “What we didn’t want to do was generate higher levels of sound at the front as, with quite low ceilings, the audience would struggle to hear clearly. There’s a lot of comedy at the venue, and with the acts they book, there’s a lot of laughter, so we made the right choices with the system.”
The front of house system is comprised of four Ecler UMA112 single 12″ horn-driven cabinets, supported by two UMA118 single 18″ subwoofers driven by a combination of DPA1000 and DPA1400 DSP-enabled amplifiers. The two delay stacks feature ten Ecler AMBIT 106 loudspeakers, controlled by Ecler’s AMIC software, utilized through the AMIC card slotted into the Ecler DPA amplifiers and powered by four Ecler MPA-R series multichannel amplification systems.
Beneath the main auditorium, the smaller, 50-capacity performance space is reinforced with two Ecler Dacord 208H speakers through a single MPA series multichannel amplifier. An Ecler Compact 8 rack mixer, with processing from an Ecler EDRIVE600 dsp audio processor, controls the system, allowing a large number of microphone and stereo signals.