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IC Live upgrade for Slovak National Theatre

Erica Basnicki 6 November 2013
IC Live upgrade for Slovak National Theatre

MediaTech, Bratislava’s largest pro audio company, recommended the IC Live digitally steerable system by Renkus-Heinz to tackle tough acoustics at the Slovak National Theatre.   Completed in 1886, the theatre was designed by Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer. Since 1920, the 1,000-seat building has been the seat of the Slovak National Theatre opera and ballet ensembles. The hall has also hosted performances by some of the world’s top opera and ballet talents.   The room’s very short reverberation time, while acceptable for opera, doesn’t suit orchestral performances. Its narrow stage faces a long auditorium where the rear seats are 22m away. Uneven sound coverage confronted its numerous balconies.   The IC Live system’s ability to steer multiple sound beams into specific areas of the audience offered MediaTech the solution that was needed. Additionally, its slim, low profile design – complete with a custom paint finish – complemented the theatre’s décor perfectly.   The system includes extra reverb for orchestral shows via a TC Electronics M6000 with a Yamaha PM5D console linked directly to the IC Live system via CobraNet. "The audience had to be unaware of sound reinforcement," said manager Miroslav Paciga. "IC Live allowed us to achieve that subtle effect visually unnoticeable."  

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