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d&b and MediaMatrix are fresh team picks at Amsterdam ArenA

Out with the old Martin Audio system, in with the Y-Series upgrade

On the occasion of the 2017 Amsterdam ISE, Ampco Flashlight Sales, d&b audiotechnik and Philips gathered the press at the Amsterdam ArenA for the presentation of its renewed audio and lighting system (as previewed in PSNEurope August 2016).

Audio equipment was installed in December, replacing the Martin Audio install from 2006. The new system combines strict voice alarm requirements for the stadium with the PA delivery expectations of international touring artists and performers. The system comprises 216 d&b Yi8 array speakers (installation version of the Y8 touring speaker) in 16 arrays, driven by 54 d&b 30D amplifiers; it is optimised by d&b ArrayProcessing, software for improving the level and tonal balance. Six arrays, on the East and West sides, can be rotated to be used as delay speakers during concerts.

“The market changes sees an increasing demand for higher quality and performance systems,” said Amnon Harman, CEO of d&b audiotechnik. “Stadiums like the Amsterdam ArenA offer more than sports: they become multipurpose venues to bring in more business and [audiences]. It’s our mission to accurately transfer the passion happening on stage. We desire that everybody, in every seat, should experience the same sound quality.”

Harman added that Amsterdam ArenA has also become the first large project to incorporate a d&b loudspeaker system with MediaMatrix as the management and control ‘backbone’.

Olav Landzaat of Ampco Flashlight (pictured) took on the technical integration of the system and says the MediaMatrix is a key element in the installation. “The new d&b amplifier control plug-in for the Peavey MediaMatrix literally monitors every single device in the audio chain: every amplifier, each individual speaker cabinet’s low and high drivers,” Landzaat explained, adding that the system is equipped with control panels at the various entrances of the 55,000-capacity stadium, allowing the input of alarm or security codes to automatically switch to the evacuation mode, overriding the audio systems programme signal.

“We have put audio systems in stadiums before, such as at PSV Eindhoven or Gelredome Arnhem – we know the work,” concluded Peter De Fouw, general manager of Ampco Flashlight Sales, “but the d&b ArrayProcessing made it very special.”

Top, middle photos: (C) J Lousberg