Utrecht, The Netherlands (March 2, 2012)—A renovated Utrecht museum has had its central space turned into a live performance area, attracting Dutch artists and featuring a Renkus-Heinz IC Live system installed by TM Audio.
Dedicated to Europe's largest display of street organs, Museum Speelklok was founded in 1956. In 1984, the museum acquired a large church, the restored interior of which now houses the collection.
"To transform this part of the church into a concert hall," says Dirkjan Haspels, the museum's head of events, "I took a lot of expert advice, and several sound systems were tested in the nave. Many people came to listen, including our resident system engineer, GertJan Schoutsen, and the verdict for us all was clearly the Renkus-Heinz IC Live. It is quite hard to see, which makes me happy; just two little columns and the subwoofers. Yet it's the first time that it's been possible to have 500 people listening to amplified sound from the stage here without problems."
The IC Live system consists of four 8-channel Renkus-Heinz ICL-R digitally steerable columns, mounted in one double stack per side atop matching IC215 2x15-inch, self-powered subwoofers. These take their signal via RHAON (Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network) from a 16-channel Yamaha 01V96 with an Allen & Heath iDR8 digital mix processor. The stage is covered by four Renkus-Heinz CF121M2 12+2-inch, self-powered monitors.
TM Audio project and application engineer Olaf Landzaat comments, "IC Live dealt with the acoustical issues, which are typical for a church. With conventional loudspeakers, you'd get a lot of reflections, whereas with IC Live, you can manipulate the beams to reduce reflections, to get as good speech intelligence and sound as possible."