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Adamson S10 hits the right notes with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The layout of the 2000 capacity auditorium was the main audio challenge due to the sloped stalls seating and two levels of sloped balcony seating

A cutting edge Adamson S10 line array system supplied by pro audio specialists, The Warehouse Sound Services, hit all the right notes during a sell-out run of the smash-hit 1980s musical, Chess, at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre.

Students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) achieved critical acclaim after staging the West End and Broadway hit show in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The Warehouse, alongside the RCS’s sound designer, Calum Paterson and lecturer in sound, Gavin Jenkinson, developed a complex sound design for the show.

The Edinburgh run was the first time the musical theatre show had transferred from the Conservatoire’s New Athenaeum Theatre to the professional stage. It also allowed music and production students to transfer their skills to the professional stage for the first time.

The production was staged by the creative team behind the Conservatoire’s critically acclaimed productions of Cabaret and West Side Story and brought together technicians, artists, musicians and performers from across the RCS.

The layout of the 2000 capacity auditorium was the main audio challenge as the sloped stalls seating and two levels of sloped balcony seating, which wrap around all three walls. This requires a lot of vertical coverage, as Paterson wanted to reach every level with the main hangs.

In order to ensure even coverage for every seat in the house, 24 Adamson S10 line array sound speakers where flown left and right of the stage. A total of 8 S119 subwoofers were also utilised to reinforce low end all powered with Lab Gruppen PLM20K44 amplifiers. A DiGiCo SD10 mixing console was used on front of house with 24 ways Shure UHF-R radio mics for the cast and a mix of AKG, Shure, Sennheiser and DPA microphones for the 27 members of the orchestra.

Paterson, comments: “With a 2,000 seat auditorium in mind, I needed a system that would not only provide excellent coverage but one that would provide the level of performance required for modern musical theatre. After hearing the Adamson S10 Line Array combined with the S119 Subwoofer, I was convinced that this was the system for this show. It gave us the clarity and detail that we needed while also being able to blow our audience away. The power from the S119 Sub is nothing short of incredible and when you combine 8 of them in a Sub Array along the front of a stage, they really pack a punch.”

Blair, director of the Warehouse, adds: ‘The Adamson S10 line array system performed extremely well so much so that for the first time under balcony delay loudspeakers where not required to cover the rear stalls as the throw and coverage was so good.”