In the first fixed install of its kind in the UK, ADLIB’s specialist installation division has designed and installed a complete new CODA Audio LA8/LA4 line array system at The Manchester Velodrome.
ADLIB has previously supplied numerous rental systems to the venue, which serves as the UK’s National Cycling Centre. Recently, however, the company was approached by ISG Regions – which manages the building development works for Manchester City Council – about a permanent installation to replace the Velodrome track system that had been in place since the mid 1990s.
The ensuing project was hardly straightforward, necessitating extensive work at height and in confined spaces, and some five weeks of overnight shifts.
Providing consistent full-range coverage for music reproduction and clear spoken commentary across the venue headed the list of priorities for the new audio system. ADLIB’s sales and installation team had specified CODA Airline 8 loudspeakers for a number of projects, and felt that this units would provide the basis of an ideal solution for the Velodrome’s demanding environment.
CODA’s Focus software was used to acoustically model the venue, and the resulting design was based on four ‘North-South-East-West’ LA8 clusters each of two speakers, flown above the centre of the arena, augmented with three hangs firing at the main stands towards each side of the Velodrome.
Both of the ‘D’ areas inside each track-end serve different purposes. One ‘D’ end is utilised as the main presentation, press and the VIP area, with the opposite end serving as competitor entrance ramp and pre-race holding areas. Each of these areas receives coverage from a single hang of three loudspeaker elements.
Floor detail and architectural factors called for a selection of loudspeakers from the CODA range, including 46 Airline LA8s in 16 hangs, and 12 Airline LA4s in six hangs.
Signal processing and signal distribution are managed by Soundweb London BLU-100 devices, while a separate voice evacuation system linked to the fire alarm is used for emergency announcements which interface with the main CODA system signal when activated.
Reflecting on the project, John Hughes, from ADLIB’s sales and installation team, commented: “It’s really rewarding to work on projects of this scale with such demanding operational requirements. We are very proud that ADLIB installations can deliver these high levels of service, excellence and technical support, as well as offering the imagination and acoustic engineering skills to design a flexible and appropriate system with limited budgetary constraints.”
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