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Recently installed high-end PA system boosts the appeal of Crown Theatre Perth
Western Australia’s musical and entertainment venue, Crown Theatre Perth, recently commissioned and installed a new L-Acoustics K2 PA system, with help from AAA Productions and Jands, radically improving the venue’s sound quality and coverage and ensuring the venue continues to attract a high calibre of world-class performers and theatrical productions.
Crown Theatre Perth is part of Western Australia’s integrated resort - Crown Perth - located in Burswood, Western Australia. The resort plays host to a number of international and national entertainment acts and cultural events in Western Australia. In addition to hosting a long list of award winning musical productions including Disney’s The Lion King, Disney’s Aladdin The Musical, Matilda, and Mamma Mia!, the theatre also boasts an impressive music and entertainment roster including Tim Minchin, Icehouse, Noel Gallagher, and The Australian Ballet.
With the new L-Acoustics K2 system installed and already working hard on a number of high-profile shows, Crown Theatre Perth's Technical Manager Shona Treadgold explains "we're proud and pleased to be able to offer this industry-leading PA system.
"It has radically improved the venue’s sound quality and coverage and we have received incredible feedback from our clients and theatre guests. I'm certain that this system will ensure we continue to attract the high calibre of world-class performers and theatrical productions that Crown Theatre Perth has enjoyed to-date."
In 2017 Crown Theatre Perth made the decision to permanently install a high-end PA system which would cement its current world-class reputation and increase commercial potential. To do so, Crown Theatre Perth approached pro audio service provider and L-Acoustics Rental Partner AAA Productions.
AAA Productions Director, Neil Campbell explained "specifying a full and permanent system was a natural move for Crown Theatre Perth.
“We’ve had a long-standing and successful relationship with the venue – particularly with L-Acoustics rental - so the staff there were already familiar with the technology and with our own high standards of service and support. It made sense for them to consider a complete and permanent sound reinforcement solution. This move can only help attract more international performers and productions, and further re-enforce the theatre's high-end reputation."
One of the main challenges for Crown Theatre Perth was overcoming the restrictions on advance rigging positions and Safe Working Loads (SWL). L-Acoustics, Crown Theatre Perth, and AAA undertook a 12-month research period before final commissioning, ensuring all architectural challenges could be overcome in order to install the possible system.
Campbell added "the K2's amazing power-to-weight ratio proved to be a big advantage, it's designed to hang where rigging limitations are tight, but where quality and coverage are still paramount."
The new system consists of two left-right hangs of 11 L-Acoustic K2 line source elements, bolstered by eight KS28 subs as well as a centre fill of four Kiva II. Two stacks of three ARCS II ae used for infill with two delay rings of six X8 each - one in the upper dress circle and one in the stalls. All elements are powered by LA12X amplified controllers whilst the whole system is network controlled and monitored via LA Network Manager.
The initial design for the new system was completed by Jordan Gibbs, Crown Theatre Perth's former Head Technical Operator for Audio along with Neil Campbell and John Kerns from AAA. This was done using L-Acoustics Soundvision software - a 3D modelling and acoustic simulation tool. Crown Theatre Perth’s current Head Technical Operator Audio Jason Brown installed the design with final calibration by Julien Laval, L-Acoustics Applications Engineer.
Campbell stated "it was important to make sure the system was perfectly suited to the space.
“That would guarantee problem-free, exceptional quality sound reinforcement for every future production and audience member. We’re very pleased with the result; the accuracy of the Soundvision predictions in frequency response and SPL coverage when compared with real world measurements is amazing."
Gerry Gavros, Brand Manager for Jands, L-Acoustics Certified Provider Distributor in Australia, sums up the experience, concluded "Neil at AAA ensured that the theatre's staff were supported all the way through the process with regular communications during the research, technical, and purchase phases, liaising with us at Jands, and with continuing support for the client after the install."
Jands is an Australian owned company distributing some of the world’s most recognised brands of audio, lighting and staging products primarily for the entertainment and exhibition industry.
12th January 2018 - Jands secures L‑Acoustics distribution in Australia
4th October 2016 - Gambling revenue dips at Crown Perth as visitor numbers fall
24th September 2016 - Jands Introduces RF Venue wireless products to Australia
15th August 2015 - Ticketmaster partners with Crown Resort venues in Melbourne and Perth
15th December 2011 - Burswood Entertainment Complex to become Crown Perth
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