EV and DYNACORD bring excellent sound quality to Suzhou Olympic Sports Center
Invested by Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou Olympic Sports Center is a multifunctional sports center that includes a 45,000-seats stadium, a 13,000-seats gymnasium, a 3,000-seats natatorium and a commercial plaza with a hotel tower. Its design and planning was inspired by classical garden architectural art. Suzhou Olympic Sports Center is built as a dynamic, fully opened sports park that delivers the atmosphere of ancient garden in a modern approach. All venues were designed by the German company GMP, which used to be responsible for the Berlin Olympic Sports Center project, strictly following the standards of the individual intercontinental event. The sound reinforcement system includes the following EV products: 104 EVH weather-resistant loudspeakers, 70 X2 line array loudspeakers, nearly 100 TG7 amplifiers integrated RCM28 modules and EV UW30 underwater loudspeakers. In addition, DYNACORD Cobra series loudspeakers provide an excellent audio performance for portable use in three venues of the Olympic Sports Center, while DYNACORD VL series loudspeakers deliver exciting music to all the players in the skating rink.
The single-layer cable membrane structure
Each stadium has its own features, Suzhou Olympic Sports Center stadium is the first stadium with saddle-shaped, single-layer cable membrane structure roof in China. This also brought the challenges to the entire sound reinforcement system design. The leader of the Project Design Department of Suzhou Olympic Sports Center mentioned, “Generally speaking, most stadiums adopt the steel framed structure. The special structure used in this project means that we have to use 40 cable heads across the stadium to fasten the membrane.” Due to this unique design, the catwalk is above the membrane and there are no fixed mounting points for loudspeaker installation, thus making the installation and maintenance very difficult. Furthermore, the swing range of up and down exceeds 1.5 meters. Those increased the difficulty of whole sound system design. “After elaborate consideration, Bosch team introduced the installation method of London Bowl. Bosch guys worked with specialized designers to make a mounting point on each tapered end and install a pulley. Then we can use a winding engine to lift the loudspeakers, or take down for inspection and maintenance. By this way, the challenge of installation was finally conquered.” He also added, “in addition to tackling the hanging technical difficulty, another reason why we choose the single-layer cable membrane structured roof is that we hope to make a breakthrough in the aesthetic appearance of the stadium. EV’s white-coloured EVH weather-resistant loudspeakers perfectly match the cable membrane structure not only on colour but also on overall environment. What’s more, EVH’s audio quality makes sure that every audience at any position can hear clear sound and dynamic performance.”
Gymnasium integrating sports and cultural recreation
As a comprehensive venue, this 13,000-seats gymnasium has been designed to serve multiple purposes since very beginning. The central funnel screen is designed according to the standards of large international events such as NBA. It can offer superb viewing experience for variety shows and exhibitions. In order to provide both visual and audio enjoyment, 70 pcs EV X2 new-generation line array loudspeakers achieve 360º sound coverage for floor and audience area. This allows the audiences to enjoy clear, real and exciting sounds on live. During daily use, the audiences on site are shocked by the audio quality delivered by X2.
Natatorium integrating sports and fitness
In addition to standard competition pools and training pools, the natatorium also provides various spa facilities, stores selling water sports supplies, children’s amusement and leisure equipment for local citizens. The owner also chose the white EVH loudspeakers below the roof of the natatorium, which blended in decoration of the venue in terms of appearance and sound clarity. “Considering the needs of diving as well as training and performance of synchronized swimming, we have also selected EV’s UW30 underwater loudspeakers in the swimming pools, so that people under the water could hear the music, as well as the messages through microphone sent by people on shore clearly without additional receivers.” added the leader of the Project Design Department.
Commercial plaza with comprehensive functions
The commercial plaza, which is designed with affiliated functions including shopping, office and hospitality, supports the three sports buildings and adds the leisure entertainment atmosphere to the entire park. The ice rink in the commercial centre is installed with DYNACORD VL series two-way full range loudspeakers to cover every corner in a balanced manner and add more fun to the skaters with beautiful music.
All audio and control signals within the sports venue including stadium, gymnasium, natatorium and ice rink are transmitted on the basis of OMNEO protocol. The main digital signal and redundancy digital signal can be the backup to each other. This ensures smooth, stable signal transmission throughout the sports centre. EV and DYNACORDs’ total solution on sound reinforcement not only addresses the design and application requirement of the sports centre, but also helps boost the robust development of China’s cultural and sports.
Electro-Voice introduces the new RE3 UHF wireless microphone product family
- Next-generation UHF wireless product family, featuring pre-packaged sets with the latest EV microphones and an extensive range of accessories for every application
- Designed to deliver superior audio performance with best-in-class wireless flexibility and ease of use
- 10 sets available: five handheld transmitter systems and five bodypack systems
- Five frequency bands available in alignment with the latest global RF requirements
“New UHF wireless microphone system engineered for best-in-class sound quality!”
Burnsville, MN (January 2019): Electro-Voice is pleased to announce the launch of the RE3: a new UHF wireless microphone system engineered for best-in-class sound quality, wireless flexibility and overall ease of use in alignment with the latest RF regulations. The RE3’s user-friendly, state-of-the-art technology and roadworthy construction extend the rock-solid reputation of its predecessor the RE2.
RE3 receivers and transmitters are available in 10 pre-packaged sets, configured to cover a wide range of performance and presentation applications. Sets contain one 1/2-rack-space diversity receiver with antennas, universal power supply, rack mount kit, transmitter, batteries and an input device.
Additionally, the RE3 portfolio contains a comprehensive assortment of accessories to aid in the creation of large, multi-channel systems. The RE3’s UHF design with clear frequency scanning makes multi-system wireless operation fast and simple.
The RE3 handheld combines robust aluminum build quality with a sleek profile. Five handheld system sets are available with a choice of interchangeable mic capsules: ND76, ND86, ND96 (dynamic) and the new RE420 and RE520 (condenser). These capsules can be purchased separately.
The compact RE3 bodypack features cast magnesium construction for maximum durability. Five bodypack system sets are available for instrument and lavalier/headworn microphone applications: OL3, CL3 (lavalier), HW3 (headworn), GC3 (instrument cable) and one bodypack-only system.
All RE3 transmitters offer excellent battery life and run on regular alkaline or rechargeable AA cells.
The RE3 operates on three bandwidths for the North American market, chosen to minimize the complexities of today’s challenging RF environments. These include two 36 MHz-wide bands in the low and high 500 MHz spectrum, as well as one strategically chosen to operate within the 600 MHz duplex gap which the FCC has dedicated for wireless microphone use. Additional bands are also available for use in Europe and Asia, in the 600 MHz and 800 MHz ranges.
- 36 MHz tuning bandwidths (most bands) / 1440 selectable frequencies
- Eight groups with up to 22 frequency coordinated channels in a group
- Electro-Voice ND and RE series capsules on handheld transmitters, for superior sound quality
- Selectable low/high transmitter output power — 10 mW and 50 mW in most bandwidths (10 mW only in EU-specific band)
- Rechargeable transmitters and battery charging station (optional accessory)
Electro-Voice and Dynacord match high performance with great value at The Bayou Church
The EV system felt much more rich and present at any volume. It just felt right in our sanctuary.
Located in the heart of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana, The Bayou Church is a contemporary Christian house of worship. Regional production company and system integrator Gulf Coast Sound was among the companies the church consulted when exploring options for upgrading the sound system in their 600-seat sanctuary.
Larry Habetz, owner and CEO of Gulf Coast Sound and a lifelong resident of the area, was excited to be bidding on the job. “I knew some of the audio and IT guys at The Bayou Church, so it was really more of a consultation and mutual learning experience for all of us,” he says. “I was impressed with their sincere desire to make good decisions, and we developed a great relationship over our time working together. They were asking all the right questions, so I was happy to arrange a demo of the product we felt was the best fit.”
For precise coverage of the sanctuary’s rectangular shape, Habetz designed a demo system based on Electro-Voice XLD line arrays supported by Xsub subwoofers, all straight from Gulf Coast Sound’s rental stock. The system made a big impression on worship pastor Ed Gore and his team.
“We did multiple product demos, and the EV system really stood out,” says Gore. “Of all the systems we tried, this one just sounded best in the room. Other systems we heard could only achieve the enveloping experience we wanted at higher volumes. The EV system felt much more rich and present at any volume. It just felt right in our sanctuary.”
Larry Habetz was unsurprised at the outcome. “I knew the XLD system would be a great fit for the room, and the church team was extremely impressed with it right out of the box,” he says. “Once we got it tuned and time-aligned, it was incredible. What I really loved was the fact that the EV system was clearly preferred over another, much more expensive system that the church demoed.”
With an EV solution given the go ahead, Gulf Coast Sound designed a networked system consisting of twin hangs of eight XLD281 loudspeaker arrays, all with 120-degree dispersion. A pair of EVC-1082 front fills on the stage lip cover the center-front seats. Low frequency reinforcement was upgraded to EV’s acclaimed X-Line Advance dual-18” subwoofers, with six X12-128 units deployed together in front of the stage. Network control for the system is provided via the Electro-Voice N8000 NetMax digital matrix controller.
Another upgrade from the original demo system was via six C3600 amplifiers from EV’s sibling brand Dynacord, a new model that was launched to market during the design process. The C series offers high-end features not previously available on install amps at their price point, including advanced FIR-Drive to optimize system performance; sophisticated protection circuitry to ensure safe, reliable operation under all conditions; and an efficient standby power mode that can reduce running costs and power consumption by up to 90%, leading to a very low total cost of ownership.
The system design at The Bayou Church underwent some final fine-tuning to ensure sightlines to the stage and screens were optimal from the outer seating areas. The EV applications engineering team used EASE modeling to move the XLD arrays about two feet upstage, while maintaining coverage; Gulf Coast Sound then created custom trussing for their precision deployment.
“That’s one of the reasons we love working with Electro-Voice,” notes Larry Habetz. “We have a great relationship. They are always there to support us, whether it’s with design assistance like this or product updates that give our existing systems new life, adding value to the original investment. That commitment gives us confidence in the systems we install, and we pass that along to our customers.”
Ed Gore of The Bayou Church agrees. “I really admire the way Gulf Coast Sound stayed committed to making the final install the best it could be,” he says. “That was just very reassuring. As for the system, the coverage is very even everywhere you go, and the more I listen to it, the more positive I am that Electro-Voice was really the right choice for us. We’re really pleased.”
Khoroni Resort in Thohoyandou buy Electro-Voice Evolve 50 systems
The Khoroni Resort in Thohoyandou recently upgraded their mobile PA systems and the Electro-Voice Evolve 50 was their choice of speaker.
Pepe Khumalo met with the resort management team and did a demo of the Evolve 50s, to highlight its superior quality sound, functionality and ease of use. There was no hesitation from the Khoroni Resort decision makers, and they ordered Evolves on the spot.
Prosound delivered the system to the resort in the Limpopo Province, and handed it over to the AV staff. They were very, very pleased.
Afrocoustic Sessions at Rockets use Electro-Voice Evolve for live shows
Rockets Restaurant in Bryanston have been hosting the Afrocoustic sessions on a Thursday night, and the live acts have been thrilled to use an Electro-Voice Evolve 50 system as the main PA.
The Afrocoustic sessions give a platform to established and up and coming musicians to perform at one of Johannesburg’s top restaurants. The sessions are filmed and broadcast by Pockittv, so lovers of Afro Soul can watch the shows on their mobile devices if they can’t make the live show that night.
The Evolve system was perfect for the venue, which has noise restrictions as it’s based in a residential neighbourhood. The linear line array design allows for the perfect levels within the venue, without bothering the neighbours. The built in Bluetooth DSP control allows the venue manager to control sound levels via the EV app throughout the night.
To add colour to the shows, Prosound have also provided ETC parcans and lighting controls.
The Afrocoustic Sessions take place at Rockets in Bryanston every Thursday nights. Line-ups for the sessions will be announced by Rockets and Pockittv, follow their Facebook pages to get regular updates.
Electro-Voice fills The Camfield
The Camfield is Australia’s largest pub. At 9,000m2, it accommodates up to 3,000 patrons alongside the Swan River and Optus Stadium in Perth. It also houses 96 Electro-Voice loudspeakers and amplifiers, supplied by Audio Source and integrated by Vision Cabling, that provide sound for ambience, functions and entertainment purposes.
The canteen area serves food along with BGM from Electro-Voice Evid-S commercial installation loudspeakers. EKX passive subwoofers extend the frequency response of the system.
Several terraces surround the pub, offering views of the river, the stadium and beer garden, respectively. Each terrace is equipped with Evid ceiling speakers, while ZX5 loudspeakers have been installed in the corners of the spaces. In the aforementioned beer garden, a custom-built screen receives audio reinforcement from further ZX5 speakers.
Electro-Voice CPS amplifiers power the entire sound setup at The Camfield – 2-channel models drive the ZX5 loudspeakers, while 4-channel units power the Evid-S cabinets.
‘Vision Cabling Systems designed the concept around the Evid-S wall-mount and the ZX5Pi weatherised range for the performance, quality and ease of installation,’ said Marcus Stackpole, project manager for Vision Cabling. ‘With The Camfield being so close to the Swan River, speakers that could perform in an environment such as this were integral to deliver the project.
‘The performance of both the indoor and outdoor speakers selected outdoes what was proposed to the client, exceeding their expectations and delivering a higher quality of sound than previously thought with acoustic challenges throughout the venue, including stadium ambience.’
Electro‑Voice EVH Series brings tested reliability to Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium
- More than 110 EVH Series loudspeakers provide robust messaging and emergency audio
- Tel Aviv-based D-AND-D delivers innovative solution alongside Lighton Ltd and Charmer Group
- Mr. Harel Tabibi was in charge of the sound design
“As well as quality and reliability I look towards EV for a portfolio of solutions that can cater to all the requirements of a high‑end installation”
Originally built in the 1990s but renovated on multiple occasions since then, Teddy Stadium is home to four of Israel’s most loved football teams: Beitar Jerusalem, Hapoel Jerusalem, Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem and Beitar Nordia Jerusalem. The 31,733 capacity venue has also been used to stage large-scale entertainment events.
For the latest phase of the venue’s audio evolution, Tel Aviv-based professional audio distribution and production specialist D-AND-D was asked to supply a multi-function PA/VA loudspeaker system that would be capable of delivering crystal clear audio throughout the venue, whose capacity was increased to its present total with the addition of a new south side stand in 2013. The system needed to accommodate standard stadium visitor and commercial messaging, as well as communications in the event of an emergency.
D-AND-D’s Danny Ariel recalls that an extensive process of “meeting with the client, understanding their needs, and then working on CAD plans,” in cooperation with the project architect shaped the eventual loudspeaker design. Positive previous experiences with Electro-Voice products meant that the brand was always a strong contender for the Teddy Stadium installation, with Ariel praising the standard of “the Electro-Voice product design, and consistent track record of innovation, high quality sound and reliability.”
The final design features a grand total of 114 Electro-Voice EVH-1152D premium 2-way coaxial horn-loaded full-range loudspeakers. Each incorporating a 3-inch DH7N titanium/neodymium HF compression driver, rotatable constant-directivity waveguide, and pattern control maintained down to 500 Hz, the EVH-1152D speakers are specifically designed to suit inherently reverberant spaces such as stadiums.
With Lighton Ltd and Charmer Group serving as project integrator and installer, the new audio system has delivered all of the robust audio performance that Ariel has come to expect of EV. “As well as quality and reliability I look towards EV for a portfolio of solutions that can cater to all the requirements of a high-end installation,” he says. “With the Teddy Stadium project it has once again risen to meet that expectation.”
Midsummer Night’s Dream Munich — an impressive audio and visual experience with sound by Electro‑Voice
- Midsummer Night’s Dream 2018 enthralls 30,000-strong audience in Munich’s Olympic Park
- Highlights included top acts such as Clueso and OMD as well as Germany’s largest fireworks show
- TC Showtechnik was responsible for technical realization
- Extensive sound reinforcement focused on Electro-Voice X2 line arrays as well as XLD, XLE and ETX loudspeakers
“The X12‑128 is absolutely stunning, a real winner!”
When the 13th edition of the “Midsummer Night’s Dream Munich” took place in Munich’s Olympic Park, it did so under literally heavenly conditions: cloudless skies, a mild 25 degrees temperature and an incomparable show. More than 30,000 spectators were treated to performances by 12 top-class live acts – including Clueso and OMD – as well as street art, food trucks and the largest and most spectacular fireworks show in Germany.
TC Showtechnik was responsible for the entire technical production, for which Managing Director Martin Schulze drew on the experience of many years in the live events sector, during which he has often used systems from Electro-Voice and Dynacord.
Three stages required sound reinforcement. The two smaller stages were served by XLD line array systems, with very compact XLE enclosures fielded as front-fills and ETX loudspeakers deployed as a sub arc array. All performed their tasks flawlessly. More challenging was the provision of a suitable sound reinforcement system for the main stage, on which headline acts Clueso and OMD performed.
“It was a very open stage under a magic sky, you had to be on the look-out for reflections,” explains Schulze. The TC Showtechnik team opted for X2 full-range and X12-128 subwoofer models from Electro-Voice’s X-Line Advance line array family, which enabled trouble-free operation. The double-18-inch X12-128 sub wins particular praise from Schulze: “I honestly have no idea what is so different about this double-18 direct-radiating cabinet, but I feel the difference. The X12-128 is absolutely stunning, a real winner!”
The biggest challenge was the floating sound system covering the expansive Olympic Lake. “We invested most of our time in developing this concept,” says Schulze, describing how TC Showtechnik conceived the solution at its Eglfing headquarters. It comprised a very effective combination of Dynacord V17 bass elements topped with Electro-Voice XLE elements. “Once we had measured the system on land, all we had to do on the water was ensure that the clusters were positioned in a complementary manner.” The compact design of the V17 and the relatively low weight of 17 kg XLE enclosures were key factors in the choice of loudspeakers.
The X2 line array was driven by Electro-Voice TG7 amplifiers equipped with RCM-28 modules for monitoring and remote control. In addition, a significant number of Dynacord L2800FD and L3600FD amplifiers were deployed, prompting more praise from Schulze: “The value for money is excellent and the ease of use leaves nothing to be desired. You can quickly access the parameters via USB and the rest is simple: load the presets, set the time alignment and you’re done”. Through the use of OMNEO IP technology, audio transport, remote control and monitoring was all achieved via Dante.
TX Theatre Productions install Electro-Voice at Moses Molelekwa Art Centre
TX Theatre Productions contracted Prosound to provide an audio installation solution at the Moses Molelekwa Art Centre in Tembisa.
Prosound installed a 6m x 9m Eurotruss box structure, and chose an Electro-Voice EKX powered system as the audio component. The installation is currently underway, and once complete, an ETC lighting solution is being considered as the lighting option.
Prosound install EV EKX system at Afro Bru in Maboneng
Afro Bru, a brand new upmarket lounge in Maboneng has installed an Electro-Voice EKX series PA system in their prestigious venue.
Situated in the heart of Maboneng, Afro Bru is set to become the go to venue for the Sunday jazz sect, as they host live bands every Sunday in the recently completed split level room.
As per clients brief, Prosound supplied 8 x EKX12 tops and 4 x EKX15 subs, driven by the ever reliable EV Q Series amplifiers. Processing is done by a Rane Hal 1. This PA was chosen as it’s suitable for a venue that lays live music, but has to keep one eye on noise levels, as this is also a residential neighbourhood. The PA has been installed and flown on Eurotruss Tritruss. All work has been undertaken by Prosound, which includes flightcasing, cabling and install. The project has been overseen by Pepe Khumalo, who is also charged with making sure the events run smoothly and all equipment is up and running. Part of the after sales service offered by Prosound.
The parties on a Sunday in Maboneng are legendary, and Afro Bru’s Sundays Kool are set to up the ante in terms of where to get your groove on before Carte Blanche starts.
Situated in the heart of downtown Johannesburg, Maboneng has been a beacon in the progress made in the inner city rejuvenation currently underway. It’s been described as more hipster than Williamsburg, and it truly is a melting pot of creatives, artists, restaurants, bars and live music venues, as well as being a desirable residential area. While the area continues to expand and grow, Afro Bru is right in the heart of Maboneng.
Afro Bru, 299 Fox Street Maboneng