The theatre’s loudspeaker system was renewed in 2018 with an Adamson IS Series line array selected following the RFP committee’s subjective assessment. “The brief stipulated a number of criteria, such as suitability for both musical theatre and touring bands, clarity, warmth and even coverage throughout the entire venue,” recalls Intec Systems’ Mike Hughes. “From our previous experience with Adamson and the IS-Series products, we knew those criteria would be met and exceeded.”
Intec Systems utilised Adamson’s Blueprint AV simulation software during the design process. “The tender requested EASE simulations, but Blueprint is an excellent tool for adjusting angles and monitoring results,” continues Hughes. Adamson distributor Direct Imports supplied the system consisting of eight IS7 cabinets and two IS118 subwoofers flown on each side, with two more IS118 subwoofers ground stacked under each array.
Ensuring clear sightlines to all seats, the IS7 arrays are flown outside the theatre’s proscenium arch, allowing the rotatable wing panels to work without obstruction. “The audio is smooth and pristine throughout the entire venue, without the peaks and differences in tone we’d experienced previously,” added Henderson. “It’s a pleasure having a system that provides sufficient bass throughout the theatre, without disrupting the adjacent performance and public spaces.”
Dual D 80:4L and single D 20:4L Lab Gruppen amplifiers power the system, with digital signal parameters set within the Lake processing software. “We prefer not to use IEMs, so we deploy up to eight EM Acoustics M-C12 passive speakers as wedge monitors onstage for the performers,” he continues.
Henderson has also finished an upgrade of the theatre’s moving lighting rig, adding some Ayrton Eurus fixtures, the first multi-function profile luminaire launched under the manufacturer’s new Slim-21 programme for miniaturising fixtures and reducing their weight.
Bringing the Yamaha story at Baycourt Community and Arts Centre full circle, the RIVAGE PM5 system was due to debut on another production of Les Misérables that should have opened in January. Inevitably, the season was cancelled just before opening night – yet another casualty of the pandemic. However, operator Gareth Wallis was able to try it out during the two week rehearsal period. “The RIVAGE PM5 was a joy to use and made operating such a complex show seamless,” he reflects. “I particularly appreciated the ability to have backup radio mics routed in live at the push of a single button, and multiple EQ presets on each channel was an absolutely time saver.”
Now due to make a debut at the National Jazz Festival Tauranga in June, followed by We Will Rock You in September, Baycourt’s new Yamaha RIVAGE PM5 system will finally be able to have its moment in the spotlight.