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Tannoy VX provides clarity for Wyndham Cultural Centre

Tannoy VX provides clarity for Wyndham Cultural Centre

With a major upgrade now complete, the community of users at Wyndham Cultural Centre are already feeling the benefits of a brand new Tannoy sound system for the Centre’s auditorium performance space, based around the popular VX Series. For any town in the outskirts of a major city, the cultural centre can provide a hub for the local people to gather round and utilise, and as such holds an important place in the hearts of the community at large.

The City of Wyndham is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, in the outer south-western suburbs of Melbourne. With a population of over 160,000, this is a thriving community that has Wyndham Cultural Centre as its heart.

This important building – which houses the Tattersall's Theatre, two exhibition galleries, the CBD library, Visitor Information Centre and café - was opened to the public in 2001, but a certain approach to construction meant there were some problems from the outset, as Gavin Hume, Director of MultiTek Solutions, explained.

"The venue had some troubling times during the original construction. The theatrical infrastructure was lumped in with the general electrical scope of works with many things done in a non-industry standard way. This made the venue very hard to use when it first opened in 2001," he said. "However, the current technical managers and technicians have really done a great job in bring the venue up to a great standard by methodically fixing all the errors made during the construction."

MultiTek Solutions have had a long association with the WCC, from the initial post venue construction fix of the cabling infrastructure to ongoing preventative maintenance and equipment supply, so when the time came for an upgrade of the sound system in the auditorium, it was a job they approached (the brief) with some careful considerations in mind.

"As a regional arts centre they host the full gamut of shows, from the professional touring theatre company to the high school musical and Callisthenics production, along with the all important end of year dance school extravaganzas. They get it all. So the system has to cater for all of them and their specific requirements," said Gavin. "Whatever solution we put in place had to improve the overall coverage of the system throughout the venue, specifically the front few rows and the extreme rear. We also had to tidy up the sight lines and mount the subwoofers out of the way. As well as that, they wanted to increase the headroom of the system and provide some image steering for musicals."

With so many considerations in mind, Gavin knew he had to install a system that could cope with any eventuality, and Tannoy was a brand he knew could produce the results the WCC were after. "I have used Tannoy for many years as a venue technician and love the coherency of a point source," he said. "In the end we went through the new ranges and chose the right models based on the overall dispersion pattern and power handling capability."

Two Tannoy VX 12HP were mounted either side of the arch and another pair from the lighting bridge for delay. A single VX 12Q was mounted in the centre above the stage to help fill in the front row and also provide some image steering for musicals. Four VX 5.2’s were employed across the front lip of the stage for those occasions when there is an orchestra in the pit, but we attached these using custom mounts to facilitate easy removal when not required. The VSX 18DR subwoofers were flown above the proscenium walls, giving a more aesthetically pleasing look to the stage overall.

With an expanded range of enclosures and transducer compliments, Tannoy’s VX Series combines next-generation Dual Concentric™ driver technology with smart, ergonomic, portable and install-friendly new cabinet designs, enhanced build quality, and carefully thought-out functionality. VX Series gives installers, systems designers and engineers that critical advantage, as was the case in the Wyndham Cultural Centre.

The amp racks were also rebuilt using Powersoft amplification, as well as using multiple BSS London’s for full DSP processing. As Gavin comments, "This provides the users with the flexibility of being able to address the system in different ways depending on the event. They are able to send just L & R to the system right up to being able to send multiple outputs from their console to each element of the system if required."

Reflecting on the overall success of the project, Gavin said: "Now that the system is installed and the venue is up and running again, the overall response has been very positive – we have achieved the requirements set out at the beginning of the project. They now have a fantastic venue for the people of Werribee and beyond to enjoy for many years to come".

2nd October 2013

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