Newcastle University was formed in 1963 and the Armstrong Building is a stunning Grade II listed building within the University that still plays a key role in the social and academic life. Situated within this building is the King's Hall, a beautiful space where prestigious events including graduation ceremonies and concerts take place. Opened by and named after King Edward VII in 1906, the hall seats 500 delegates and in 1967 hosted the presentation of an honorary degree to Dr Martin Luther King. The Armstrong Building also contains number of lecture theatres and classrooms.
"The Armstrong Building at Newcastle University is now equipped with a flexible and fully integrated system that serves a wide variety of functions. Presentations in the King's Hall are now delivered with a level of intelligibility and clarity not previously possible and what's more, the content can be broadcast beyond the hall itself into the other venues."
1. The Objective
The installation was to cover three separate rooms and was required to effectively facilitate intelligible audio for presentations and live sound applications, hold video-conferences with other locations and so as to not compromise the aesthetics of this heritage multi-use setting, was required to be as invisible as possible.
POLAR recommend a Renkus-Heinz Iconyx solution to create beams of audio that can be focused on the audience and away from hard, reflective surfaces, Iconyx speakers to minimize reverberance. Novasonar speakers to deliver and discreetly blend intelligible sound, making them a perfect sonic and aesthetic fit and beyerdynamic Quinta wireless conferencing systems to link to other areas in the building via Ethernet.
2. Our Approach
2 x Renkus Heinz ICL-F-DUAL-RN Line Arrays were positioned in conjunction with 2 x IC2 15S subs. A Biamp TesiraFORTE AI AVB was installed to control all signal processing in the venue and enable audio and video content in the hall to be routed to other venues in the Armstrong building. An Australian Monitor AMIS 26 distribution amplifier was employed to power the audio for the hall's video screens/ tv units. 4 x Novasonar Dynamic 60 GK and 2 x vibration free Novasonar Boxer GK 100-2 subs, powered by Australian Monitor AM41P and AM22P amplifiers were integrated into the walls to achieve a completely invisible installation. A beyerdynamic TG V50d handheld microphone was supplied and a Biamp TesiraFORTE AI AVB controls DSP. 2 x Biamp TesiraFORTE models were installed along with a TesiraFORTE CI (with AVB) External Codec Conferencing Solution and a linked TesiraFORTE AI AVB which enables this room to join the networks in the other two venues.
Andy Ramsey, Senior AV Technician at Newcastle University:
"The situation in the King's Hall is a massive improvement on what went before and it's now a great asset to the university. The two other areas more than met our expectations and have been extremely well received by end users."
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Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Gen5
IC Live is the intelligent evolution of the small-format line array, and the fixed installation ICL-F-RN Gen5 is its intrinsic core.
IC Live takes the control and flexibility of the Iconyx and scales it up to a higher output product ideally suited to live music and theatrical environments, as well as worship spaces with more contemporary programming.
The introduction of Generation 5 technology brings improved performance and speed of operation while also increasing potential output and reducing cost.
Novasonar Boxer Series
Vibration‐free subwoofer for drywall...
Vibration-free subwoofer on the ML BOXER principle for flush-mounted and jointless drywall assembly. Two loudspeaker channels separated from each other with two integrated frequency crossovers enable trouble-free operation on a stereo amplifier. By way of example, two satellite loudspeakers and a Boxer are run jointly (in parallel) on two amplifier channels.
The front of the subwoofer comprises a gypsum plaster board, which can be directly screwed to the drywall substructure provided on the site. Special assembly material is not necessary.
Biamp TesiraFORTÉ VT4
Each TesiraFORTÉ® model is designed and optimized to address a different business challenge, with the ability to accommodate future AV technology advancements.
Because some applications don’t require audio networking, each model is available in an AVB, non-AVB, or Dante™ version. All versions include the same full set of features; the only difference is the ability to transport audio using AVB/TSN or Dante. The Dante-equipped (DAN) models allow you to interface with other audio devices that communicate over Dante, such as the Shure® MXA ceiling and table array microphones.