Middlesex University, London
Middlesex University has become a world-class institution with campuses in Dubai, Malta and Mauritius adding to its extensively re-developed Hendon site. The remodelling of an under-used quadrangle situated around previously isolated wings of the College Building has completely changed the face of the Hendon Campus and has transformed the space by means of a strikingly modern and innovative glass roof. Part of a phased £14 million masterplan, this newly created area is used reguarly for a number of special events and presentations.
"The success of the Renkus-Heinz ICONYX range in overcoming this kind of difficult space has been proven time and again. The audio quality is in no way compromised and the elegant nature of the speaker stacks, when in position, does not detract from the aesthetic."
1. The Objective
The Sir Raymond Rickett Quadrangle at Middlesex University, whilst a brilliantly conceived modern architectural development, unavoidably fell into the category of 'acoustically challenging'. The overall shape and proliferation of glass, key to incorporating the quad within the College Building, would inevitably present problems in terms of amplified sound. Given that a major part of the Quad's function would be to stage events such as presentations and events, audio provision in the space needed careful consideration.
POLAR partnered with Roche Audio Visual to work on designing a dedicated audio system capable of dealing with the challenges of Middlesex University's new but acoustically demanding space. Roche had been invited by the university to propose a solution and had identified Renkus-Heinz and Biamp as the ideal combination of brands to meet the requirements.
2. Our Approach
4 x Renkus-Heinz ICL-R and 2 x IC215S loudspeakers were installed for their 'beam-steering' capabilities. In the Quadrangle, it was decided that the whilst the overall system infrastructure would be permanent, the speakers should not be installed in a fixed position so that the speakers could be deployed in different positions in the space depending on how it was to be configured for stage and audience. a Biamp Tesira Server was installed to enable Cobranet communication between system rack and speaker stack. Tesira's DSP provided extensive audio processing including signal routing and mixing, filtering, dynamics and delay, as well as control, monitoring and diagnostic tools. A Mackie DL32R digital mixing console was supplied as well as a beyerdynamic OPUS wireless microphone system with facility for 4 handheld, 2 lapel and 2 headset transmitters. The DL32R worked with the intuitive Master Fader iPad app to enable an operator to move freely around a space to obtain the best possible mix.
Martin Clay, Technical Director of Roche Audio Visual:
"The project to provide a complete audio solution for the quad at the Middlesex University was a real challenge. We decided to partner with POLAR for this project as their products and solutions are backed by the company's high level of expertise and knowledge in this area. From assistance in recommending the appropriate solution, to the on-site setup and programming of the DSP systems, POLAR have been and will continue to be a great partner to Roche Audio Visual."
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