Copenhagen-based multi-purpose venue VEGA recently underwent a comprehensive audio upgrade courtesy of d&b audiotechnik.
The venue incorporates three distinct performance spaces: Store VEGA, with a capacity of 1,550; Lille VEGA, with space for 500; and Ideal Bar Live, with a capacity of 250. As well as concerts, VEGA regularly hosts lectures, meetings, press conferences and other events.
Led by head of production, Anders Mortensen, the venue has undertaken a number of upgrade projects in recent years, but the late 2016 overhaul of the loudspeaker systems in Store VEGA and Lille VEGA was especially key. Intended to provide both rooms with more responsive systems, capable of accommodating speech and a wide variety of live music, the upgrade was preceded by an assessment of three PA systems. Ultimately, the decision was made to continue a long-running association with d&b audiotechnik.
“We have been using d&b successfully for ten years, and after a process of consideration we realized that the latest generation d&b systems – including the V8s and V-GSUBs – were exactly what we required to meet our requirements in the future,” said Mortensen.
Meanwhile, to celebrate the venue’s 20th anniversary The Tuborg Foundation provided a donation that enabled the latest upgrade project to take place. Denmark’s d&b distributor, Alfa Audio A/S, was enlisted to provide the new systems and install them. Work was carried out during October and November 2016 by a team featuring Alfa Audio managing director, Lars Baun Frederiksen.
“One of the most notable aspects of the installation was the move from the two-way Q-Series cabinets to the 3-way V8s,” says Frederiksen. “The result is increased headroom, with the improvement in the vocals being particularly noticeable. The extended LF pattern control in the V really does help the vocals sit on top of the mix.”
In the large room, the new design is based around four V8s per side, along with four V8s in a mono configuration for balcony. A high performance cardioid subwoofer powered by a single amplifier channel, the V-GSUB houses two long excursion neodymium drivers: an 18” driver in a bass-reflex design facing to the front, and a 12” driver in a two chamber bandpass design radiating to the rear.
The core system is accompanied by four 10S and two 8S loudspeakers to provide infill at stage, under-balcony fill and balcony nearfill. The entire specification is powered by a quintet of D80 high power density amplifiers. Suitable for both mobile and installation environments, the 2RU, four channel units incorporate a LoadMatch function that enables the electrical compensation of loudspeaker cable properties – without the need for an additional conductor.
In the smaller space, a pair of V7P 3-way passive loudspeakers per side provide the primary reinforcement, while nearfill is provided by two 8S units. Again, there is a sub array of five V-GSUBs, while the amplification section revolves around a single D80 and one D20. Alfa Audio has also provided four MAX2 monitors, which can be deployed to handle a host of onstage duties.
Since being installed, the new systems have been used across more than fifty shows, including the likes of Placebo, Seasick Steve, Craig David and Bat For Lashes.