Delivers wide and consistent coverage of audience requiring fewer speakers in larger events – cost effective with superior coverage
Rich full sound, ideal for both speech and musical presentation
Self-Powered requiring less cabling and no requirement/space for amp racks
Dante™ networking integration
Heavy duty construct
Patent protected and award winning
Sleeping Beauty – The Challenge
Avgoustos Psillas of Autograph was looking for an alternative solution to another manufacturers older loudspeaker for a complete proscenium system with surround and fills at Hackney Empire for Sleeping Beauty, the seasonal pantomime.
Awash with gilt and velvet, the historic Hackney Empire is one of the new surviving Frank Matcham fin de siècle theatres, and Avgoustos Psillas’ first challenge was to counteract an acoustically ‘bright’ room - featuring a lot of hard surfaces - and a loud show exacerbated by a full house of screaming children.
Because the band is basically positioned in the stalls, and the audience takes an active part in the show, the system has to be loud. But due to highly reflective surfaces in this venue, the coverage and focusing also have to be very precise in order to minimise unwanted reflections.
Sleeping Beauty – The Solution
We throw a lot of material at CDD-LIVE and what makes me know a system is good is when I play the sound FX ahead and I can run it almost completely flat. In areas where subs don’t reach, I can rely on the low end from the 15in CDD-LIVE.
In this challenging environment, a three-way L/C/R CDD-LIVE 15 system, with three enclosures each side of a clustered centre fill/downfill, was mounted overhead on the motorized horizontal truss.
The six proscenium CDD-LIVE 15 took the bulk of the show as they carried all elements of the mix. Because that worked so we, the CDD-LIVE 12 was used as a downfill and the CDD-LIVE 15 as a centre-fill for the circle and upper circle.
A pair of CDD-LIVE 8 on each of the two balcony levels (Circle and Upper Circle), suspended or stand-mounted, provided the surround.
Four SXP218 (2 x 18) subwoofers were deployed - two in the stalls and two on the truss.
Sleeping Beauty – What they Said
The 15” didn’t colour the sound, it had a flat response, and it delivered the fullness of sound that you would normally expect from a larger PA. We spun it round so it was facing outside and walked away from it 30 metres to check HF coverage at a distance, and all these findings convinced me I would like to use it on this panto.
Because of the way I focus the system in a venue like this, where clarity is everything, sidefills are vital. The CDD’s 100° horizontal dispersion is perfect as when I used a box with 110° it caused so many issues with reflections and too much cross coverage..