Posted in news on October 20, 2015 12:26 pm EDT

d&b Y-Series brings Gaiety back to Dublin

Dublin's famed Gaiety Theatre performance space, operating since 1871, receives an audio upgrade via d&b audiotechnik gear.

The Gaiety Theatre on Dublin’s South King Street. Image courtesy of d&b audiotechnik.











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By Church Designer Staff

The Gaiety Theatre on Dublin’s South King Street is the city’s longest established theatre in continuous operation. Since November 1871 and the opening night’s double bill of "She Stoops to Conquer" and the burlesque tunes of "La Belle Sauvage," the Gaiety has been entertaining Dublin audiences with a mix of musical shows, opera, ballet, dance and drama. In more recent times, it hosted the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest, a venue in distinct contrast to the mass arena productions of today. Since the millennium, the owners have invested over €7 million in the refurbishment and updating of the sumptuous venue.

"The goal was to integrate all system elements in tonality, level and time, with an emphasis on coherency and intelligibility. Tuning-Capture measurement software was used to tune and align the elements."

—Oran Burns, GB EAS Team, d&b audiotechnik

In 2013, d&b audiotechnik partner, MOSCO, provided a pro audio installation of Q-Series and E-Series loudspeakers to the venue. It proved a resounding success across all entertainment genres, particularly from Riverdance, having employed the Q-Series for 10 summer seasons. Through that successful partnership, the Gaiety returned to MOSCO to update the Q system this year. A Y-Series solution, with E-Series as delays have now been installed.

Sound and beauty

Gaiety Director of Technical Operations Matthew Cregan explains further: “We have a vast range of productions here at the Gaiety, from straight dramatic plays through to full musicals and artists such as Riverdance. The d&b audiotechnik system handles everything we can throw at it: the quality of vocal reproduction is second to none, whatever the genre.... Working with Kevin McGing and Mick O’Gorman, we designed a d&b system that was sympathetic to our beautiful auditorium, placing the PA cabinets in key areas where they worked for sound reinforcement but blended into the architecture of the auditorium. Y may be a small box but there is absolutely no compromise on sound.”

Gear particulars

The parterre and grand circle levels are covered by Y8 and Y12 line array loudspeakers for the main left/right system, with the low frequency impact supplied by Q-SUBs, an additional B2-SUB for infra effects, and E5s for delays. The dress circle now has a Y-Series Y7P point source system with the little E5s utilized again as delays. On the upper circle the Q7s remain as robust as ever. The loudspeakers are driven by d&b D12 and D6 amplifiers, all controlled via the d&b R1 Remote control software V2.

At the request of Cregan and the Gaiety’s technical manager, Dan Egan, Oran Burns from the d&b GB EAS team along with Kevin McGing spent a full day optimizing the system. “The goal was to integrate all system elements in tonality, level and time, with an emphasis on coherency and intelligibility,” reports Burns. “Tuning-Capture measurement software was used to tune and align the elements. Tuning-Capture's MultiWin feature and the clear display of impulse response information made this process very smooth. The final optimized result gives both house and visiting engineers a very good starting point for their show.”




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