Montréal, Canada (October 6, 2016)—CBC/Radio-Canada’s venerable Studio 42 in Montréal, known to millions of Canadians simply as “Le Studio,” has undergone significant technical upgrades, including installation of a new L-Acoustics audience speaker system.
Designed by Radio-Canada’s technical service team and installed by Solotech, the new sound system comprises one L-Acoustics ARCS Focus enclosure plus one ARCS Wide flown under two SB18 subwoofers per side, with two additional ARCS Focus enclosures per side covering the auditorium’s balcony. Four L-Acoustics X8 enclosures are positioned under the balcony while six 5XT enclosures serve as front fills. Four additional X8s plus four X12 enclosures are used as near fills, and all of the venue’s existing stage wedges were replaced with 24 X15HiQ enclosures. A grand total of 22 LA4X amplified controllers power and process the entire system, including all of the stage monitors.
“’Le Studio’ has had the same audio system for the last 20 years; hence, an upgrade was a necessity,” explains Maurice Latour, Solotech’s sales representative for broadcast applications, who worked closely with Solotech senior audio project manager David Brazeau and Solotech integration system designer Sylvain Lemay, as well as L-Acoustics’ head of application, install, André Pichette, who performed the system calibration.
Latour says Studio 42 presented several challenges. “The most important of them were the reflections on stage and keeping the noise floor on stage as low as possible, while still giving a good audio level for the monitors,” he says. “They also wanted flexibility with the system, to add or remove speaker zones, so being able to move seamlessly between the different cabinet types was important.”
Latour adds, “From the first listening, the client was completely impressed with the quality and the intelligibility of the sound provided by their new system. It was a complete success worthy of such an historical studio.”