Bratislava, Slovakia (November 6, 2013)—To better accommodate the performances of orchestras in the Slovak National Theater, an IC Live digitally steerable audio system by Renkus-Heinz was recently installed in the 1,000-seat theater designed by architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer.
Since 1920, the Slovak National Theater has hosted performances by some of the world’s top opera and ballet talents. However, the room’s very short reverberation time, while acceptable for opera, doesn’t suit orchestral performances. Its narrow stage faces a long auditorium where the rear seats are 75 feet away, creating uneven sound coverage in its numerous balconies.
A subtle sound reinforcement system was needed, effectively invisible to the audience, and the theater approached MediaTech, Bratislava’s largest pro audio company. EASE analysis led to them recommending the IC Live digitally steerable system by Renkus-Heinz. The system includes extra reverb for orchestral shows via a TC Electronic unit with a Yamaha PM5D console linked directly to the IC Live system via CobraNet.
“The audience had to be unaware of sound reinforcement,” says manager Miroslav Paciga. “IC Live allowed us to achieve that subtle effect visually unnoticeable.”