A complete TiMax audio showcontrol package has been installed into the Finnish National Opera (FNO) as part of a new audio system designed and implemented by Finnish theatre sound consultancy Wavemark’s Santu Sipila.
The TiMax2 SoundHub audio spatialisation processor and TiMax Tracker automation system were sourced through Finnish TiMax distributor, Electro Waves, for a major audio refurbishment of the venue’s main auditorium.
The set up features a TiMax2 SoundHub S-64 with AES I/O plus a Dante64 interface, enabling access to the venue’s new permanent Dante network infrastructure.
The TiMax SoundHub unit receives MIDI Controller messages from the TiMax Tracker system whose UWB radar TT Tags worn by the actors are continually scanned by five TT Sensors located above the stage area. Radio mic channel direct outs from the Digico SD7T console feed into the SoundHub whose dynamic delay-matrix maps them onto the distributed d&b Q, V and T Series loudspeaker system to achieve continuous and precise localisation of the actors voices for all audience members.
The major audio renovation was completed late last year in time for use with the current sold-out production of Phantom of the Opera, with sound design by Sakke Kiiskis and Andreas “Stanley” Lonnquist who is also a founding member of the newly-established Wavemark sound consultancy.
The FNO is the only professional opera company in Finland, tracing its history back to 1911. In 1993 the company moved from the tiny Alexander Theatre to its own purpose-built Opera House. The main auditorium seats more than 1,300, and the venue houses a studio stage, as well as utilising foyers for smaller and free events.