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Helsinki City Theatre installs immersive audio system from Meyer Sound

The system in the 947-seater Big Stage space now has 124 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.

Finland’s Helsinki City Theatre has expanded its audio offering with an immersive sound system courtesy of Meyer Sound.

The system in the 947-seater Big Stage space now has 124 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers, while a scaled-down system comprising 50 loudspeakers was deployed for the 347-capacity Small Stage.

A D-Mitri digital audio platforms complete with Wild Tracks multichannel playback and Space Map 3D panning was also added to the theatre’s set-up.

“Theatre is a laboratory where you should try new innovations,” commented Eradj Nazimov, Helsinki City Theatre’s staff sound designer. “There is no right way or wrong way, as each show is new and different. Certainly this new investment expands the boundaries of what we can accomplish with sound.”

All 124 loudspeakers in the Big Stage system are individually addressable through outputs of the D-Mitri processors, allowing control to create immersive effects using Meyer Sound’s Space Map 3D panning software.

The main proscenium system employs the Broadway-standard A/B configuration, with two completely separate speaker systems to keep summing of signals in the acoustical domain.

Design of the system was accomplished over a two-year period, with Granlund Consulting’s Jan Holm collaborating with Nazimov and system integrator Studiotec. In the early stages of the project, Meyer Sound director of system optimisation, Bob McCarthy, also contributed to the design.

“Product longevity and outstanding support are critical for theatre and these are two of the reasons we chose Meyer Sound,” said Nazimov.

A number of loudspeakers taken from the Big Stage have been repurposed to enable an expanded, immersive sound capability in the Small Stage auditorium.

“When you’re building such a large and complex system, it certainly helps to take advantage of all the experience and expertise available,” concluded Nazimov. “We had the opportunity to get the tools we wanted, and the results have been all that we had hoped for.”