After a turbulent renovation phase, the renowned Stuttgarter Schauspielhaus opened again after several phases of rebuilding. Also on board: A new sound system by Alcons Audio. After the last renovation phase, the main room of the Theatre of the Year award-winning Stuttgarter theatre, now has a maximum of 670 seats, which all offer a very good listening experience thanks to the new sound system.
Frank Bürger, head of the audio and video department of the Schauspielhaus, explained the decision for an Alcons system: “From a natural, balanced sound for unobtrusive theatre reinforcement to a powerful sound for modern productions and concerts a versatile system was required. In comparison tests, the Alcons components excelled by far.”
Thomann Audio Professional, as technical service provider involved in the project, installed the system during the first restructuring phase of the Schauspielhaus. Carsten Land, Project Engineer Professional Audio at Thomann, explained the requirements of the theatre that were to be met by the new sound system: “Compactness was clearly one of the main requirements – and the LR7 is one of the most compact line arrays on the market.”
Frank added: “The compact size of the system, of course, is really an advantage for us; as permanent installation, it integrates excellently in the spatial conditions of the Schauspielhaus. The steeply rising auditorium is optimally covered by the Alcons line array, whereby the aural impression of the sound is homogeneous in almost every seat. The natural clarity and open, yet punchy sound offers a lot of pleasure when using the system.”
Also, Carsten Land highlights the versatility of the system: The LR7 is by its sound characteristics particularly well suited for a theatrical environment, even when more modern productions from the genres of musical or pop are staged. ”
The main system of the Schauspielhaus consists of left / right each 8x LR7 micro line array (4-inch pro-ribbon, 1x 6.5-inch woofer) and 2x LR7B, micro line array bass. 4x LR7-120 micro line array operate as centre cluster. As down fills 2x VR12 monitor (6-inch Pro-Ribbon, 1x 12-inch woofer) and as LFE 2x BF362i (2×18-inch) subwoofer are used. The system is driven by ALC2 and ALC4 (2x 1KW, 2x 2KW) Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers with DDP (Digital Drive Processor).
The Alcons LR7 a is a passive two-way loudspeaker system, based on Alcons’ multiple-patented pro-ribbon transducer technology. Ultra-compact and ultra-light, it is nevertheless a true line array system that can be used as a vertical as well as horizontal array. Besides in fixed installations, also mobile use is possible. Like all Alcons systems, the LR7 offers an uncompressed, high-performance and uncoloured sound, with exceptional speech intelligibility, precise pattern control and a high direct sound at large distances.