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EV transforms vintage Norfolk theatre

Electro-Voice has brought King’s Lynn Corn Exchange right up to date after installing its newest line array system, writes Paul Watson

An Electro-Voice EVA line array system was recently installed into Kings Lynn Corn Exchange: a multipurpose entertainment venue, and one of Norfolk’s oldest theatres. The Grade II-listed building boasts a close-to-750-capacity auditorium when configured for theatre; and can accommodate up to 1200 people when the seating is cleared. The venue’s flexibility will allow it to open its doors to a whole host of different events including touring artists, classical concerts, and stand-up comedy. Nottingham-headquartered OneBigStar worked closely with Shuttlesound when designing and installing the system, which consists of EVA Series line array cabinets powered by Tour Grade amplifiers running on the IRIS-Net platform. The main system is configured L/R and includes five EVA cabinets per side, using four 906 units and a single 920 module in each array; and the FOH system is powered by TG7 2x3500W amplifiers, with TG5s assigned to the QRX218 subs. Due to inevitable nuances in the Victorian architecture, there were one or two tricky moments during installation. Two immovable trusses by the stage meant the EVA line array had to be squeezed into just 900mm of space (from front to back), but Shuttlesound’s Neal Allen says nothing has been compromised. “We thought it was impossible, but the EVA-2082S slotted right in there,” says Allen. “Using the optional attenuation modules, we have tailored the sound so that there is only a 1dB variation from front to back. The mix position is in a cubbyhole at the back of the theatre, yet the engineer can hear exactly what the audience is hearing in the third row.” A diverse blend of entertainers will take centre stage at Kings Lynn Corn Exchange over the coming months including 70s art rock band 10cc, former Mike and the Mechanics frontman Paul Carrack, and the legendary cockney pairing of Chas & Dave. Oh, and Lenny Henry.