Central London Venue Expands Audio Capability With Autograph
Located in Great Portland St, right opposite Regent’s Park in the very centre of London, the building that includes both the Park Crescent Conference Centre and 229 The Venue manages to combine a suite of flexible spaces with two vibrant live music venues. Offering eight fully customisable rooms accommodating up to 300 people, the facility is within walking distance of five tube stations and also provides disabled access to all floors.
The largest room is also the most versatile and is normally used in one of two configurations - either as ‘The Theatre’ for presentations, conferences, product launches and similar events, or as ‘Venue 1’ when it becomes a fully-equipped, professional live music venue. As such it is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system but for corporate and presentational uses the venue management felt that a separate setup, dedicated to conference and corporate use, would enhance the venue’s flexibility even further.
Autograph Sales & Installations were called upon to provide an unobtrusive loudspeaker design specifically to provide high-fidelity reproduction of speech and recorded material throughout when in corporate mode. Autograph’s Peppe Mallozzi chose d&b audiotechnik Y-series enclosures in a design which includes two Y7P units and two Y-SUB subwoofers at the front of the room with two Y10Ps located towards the rear. Autograph also supplied custom-engineered steel bracketry which allows the loudspeakers to be safely and securely located with minimum disruption to the decor.
Peppe used d&b’s ArrayCalc prediction software before installation, producing a design that combines the tight directivity of the Y7Ps with the the wider dispersion of the Y10Ps to ensure that smooth, full-frequency audio coverage was achieved throughout the large space using only six loudspeakers. Amplification and system processing is provided by a d&b D20 module (running the Y-7s and subwoofers) plus a d&b D6 powering the Y-10s - these are delayed relative to the front of the room to ensure perfect intelligibility, the necessary signal processing being handled within the d&b amplifiers.