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Major upgrade for Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre

Major upgrade for Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre

Major upgrade for Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre


Warrnambool’s council-run Lighthouse Theatre has undergone a major technology upgrade, including a d&b T-Series system with Y-Series subs installed by Geelong-based integrator MultiTek Solutions, with support from distributor NAS Solutions.

The upgrade replaces an outdated point source system from the 1980s. “We would frequently get complaints about the sound,” commented venue manager Xavier Dannock. “The sound coverage was patchy, including in the sound booth. We could only ground-stack the subs, which made the experience unpleasant for those at the front. There was a general lack of clarity.”

MultiTek Solutions carried out a minor upgrade at the theatre around 10 years ago. “We upgraded the cabling infrastructure and other necessary behind-the-scenes aspects, but there wasn’t budget for an audio upgrade,” explained director, Gavin Hulme. “Everyone knew that an audio upgrade was inevitable.”

Criteria for the new system included the provision of even coverage to all 584 seats and sound booth; the ability to switch modes when the stage front was extended to accommodate an orchestra; consistency for all applications and levels of operator proficiency; and the accommodation of flown subs.

Following a competitive shootout, the d&b T-Series with Array Processing emerged on top. “All three PAs in our shootout were exceptional,” said Dannock. “But hearing the Array Processing in action was what won us over. It’s easy to get sold on a system on paper but you need to hear it. It takes it from a bunch of colourful drawings and gives you the reassurance that Gav and NAS can deliver the system they’re promising.”

The system consists of 16 Ti10L and eight 8S loudspeakers, with four Yi-SUB subwoofers, driven by a 10D and five 30D amplifiers. Each T-Series enclosure has its own amp channel and processing, with tonal and dispersion characteristics optimised for the room, and one-touch electronic reconfiguring to accommodate the stage extension. “Thanks to the Array Processing the system can adapt to changes in the space, or absorb further optimisations in the processing,” said Dannock. “I needed to be convinced that this PA would stand the test of time – I can’t just go cap in hand to the council in five or 10 years’ time for a new PA – and it was Array Processing that really got me over the line in that regard.”

The subwoofers were a crucial aspect of the design. “For the past eight years we’ve had subs on the floor next to our stairs, which is a huge access and OH&S issue,” he continued. “Getting the subs off the floor and in the air was important to us.”

MultiTek Solutions worked with the NAS projects team on a design which encompassed four Yi-SUB subwoofers spaced and flown above the proscenium, their cardioid design ensuring less energy would be directed onto the stage and more into the auditorium.

The installation also included a Pliant Technologies CrewCom system, with one antenna positioned side of stage. Although this superseded the previous wireless system, MultiTek Solutions integrated the theatre’s old two-wire loop. “You can’t notice any latency, they work together perfectly,” confirmed Dannock.

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