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Middlesex University conquers audio issues with Renkus-Heinz system

Middlesex University has installed a Renkus-Heinz-based audio system in its new event space to tackle acoustical issues of the newly-fitted glass roof.

The roof, installed to transform an underused outdoor area at its North London campus into a versatile event space, created a highly sound reflective environment.

To tackle the issue the university contacted Polar Audio, who partnered with Roche Audio Visual, to design a dedicated audio system centered around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live digitally steered array loudspeakers.

Iconyx steered arrays create a series of tightly-controlled sound beams, enabling the sound to be directed towards the listener and away from reflective surfaces.

“The Iconyx steered array technology has been proven to overcome the challenge of difficult acoustical spaces, and it was most certainly the best choice for this project,” said Stuart Leader, Polar Audio’s director of installation.

The system comprises four Renkus-Heinz ICL-R steered arrays and two IC215S subwoofers. The IC Live system assembles quickly and easily, making it possible to position the system at various locations, depending on the stage and audience configuration of different events and performances. For each different position, a pre-set beam configuration can be saved to the IC Live for quick recall.

A Mackie DL32R digital mixer with iPad control covers FOH mixing duties, further simplifying setup for events and allowing engineers to control the mix from anywhere in the venue.

“Middlesex University are delighted with their new system,” Leader added. “”We were pleased to be involved from the outset, and to partner with Roche AV.”