New sound systems installed in Old Billingsgate9 August 2012
London-based LCI has installed a Soundcraft Vi1 digital console as part of a new A/V infrastructure at one of London’s largest blank canvas venues, Old Billingsgate. LCI’s project manager Carl Miller opted for the Vi1 because of its “highly intuitive operation, its pure sounding processing and the sheer capacity of such a physically compact desk.” In addition to the new desk, LCI opted for more from the portfolio of Harman Professional brands, distributed in the UK and Eire by Sound Technology, installing 14 x JBL PRX 615M self-powered monitors as delay speakers, and a number of JBL Control 1 Pro compact loudspeakers to provide audio coverage on the upper and lower mezzanine levels of the Grade II-listed building, powered by Crown CDi1000 amplifiers. “These PRX cabinets are superb for medium dispersion but long throw audio, ideal for additional delay or fill coverage,” added Miller. A second system, comprised of Martin Audio’s W8LM mini line array, and MA series amps, was also installed. LCI specified two left/right hangs, each comprising five W8LM elements and a W8LMD downfill unit per side — supplied by dealers, Capital Sound. The low end of the system is derived using a pair of Martin Audio WLX subwoofers. The Martin Audio system is powered by a total of four MA5.2K DSP amplifiers and an MA12K DSP amplifier for the WLX subwoofers. Old Billingsgate, which hosted Club France for the Olympics, is divided into three spaces including the cavernous 2,600 sq m main hall (with triple height ceilings and a mezzanine); the light-filled Gallery; and the subterranean, brick-lined arches of the Vaults and the alfresco 400 sq m riverside terrace. The main hall, popular for large events, from film premiere parties, private dinners, concerts and fashion shows to conferences and exhibitions, can host in excess of 1000 people for formal dinners and conferences (and 2,400 for receptions). In addition to project manager Carl Miller, who masterminded the system design along with Luke Bennett, project engineers were Huw Micklewright and Duncan Wood, while Steve McEvoy was in charge of operations, and Rob Paul and Joe Abberley, the procurement.