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Clair delivers consistency at Burdekin Theatre

Clair delivers consistency at Burdekin Theatre

Clair delivers consistency at Burdekin Theatre


The Burdekin Theatre has upgraded its sound system. Following a series of reviews and demonstrations, a Clair Brothers kiT12 solution was installed to provide sound reinforcement throughout the 473-seat auditorium, which features a proscenium arch, fly tower and orchestra pit, and plays host to everything from musicals, plays and rock concerts to conferences and seminars.

‘As time went on, I knew our old system was reaching the end of its life expectancy,’ said theatre technician, David Luscombe. ‘It just wasn’t keeping up with our ever-rising standards. I saw it as an opportunity to upgrade, so I took a listen to several top brands before I got the opportunity to experience an in-person demo with Wayne Grosser, the Clair Brothers’ audio and design consultant here in Australia. After hearing the system Wayne proposed, I was sold.’

Mr Luscombe sought a system that would deliver the best audio experience, whether the theatre was being used for heavy metal or opera. Mr Grosser therefore designed an L-C-R system to offer enough flexibility and headroom to the venue and its staff. Dante has been employed to drive the system from the theatre’s existing Allen & Heath iLive console.

‘My design approach was to use the same speaker elements in all three main hangs horizontally arrayed, which fitted within the theatre’s proscenium,’ explained Mr Grosser. ‘The top kiT12s on each hang were 60° x 40° and the bottom kiT12s were 90° x 40°. Each kiT12 is in biamp mode and has its own two-amp channels and Lake processing with a total of 12 1,000W at 8Ω amplifier channels for the six kiT12s (three CB-D 40:4L amps).

‘This allows David and his team of engineers to trim or shade the bottom kiT12s if necessary, for the orchestra pit or certain productions that perform on the extended downstage area. Two kiT-Subs placed on either side of the stage provide even sub coverage throughout the seating area powered by a CB-D 80:4L four x 2,000W at 8Ω. Four 5CX front-fills work perfectly to provide vocal image to the front VIP seating rows.’

Mr Luscombe elucidated: ‘Having the exact same components in the L-C-R hangs has made a significant improvement to the tonality and intelligibility in the room. And having front-fill with the same voicing as the main hangs was a genius decision. Then, when you add in the four Clair Brothers CB-D40:4L amps, you get headroom for days.’

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