At the Stage Theater at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, dreams learn how to break down barriers. “Behind the Horizon” (Hinter dem Horizont), the hit muscial from Udo Lindenberg no longer enthuses with its emotional story alone, but also with excellent sound. In the process of switching from a Dolby Surround 7.1 system to Dolby Atmos, after nearly 17 years in operation the old system platform was replaced with Q-Sys from QSC.
The Berlin Stage Theater opened in 1999. With 1,754 seats, it is among the largest theatres in Germany, and not only serves as the stage for the Lindenberg musical, but also as the premiere cinema during the annual International Film Festival in Berlin (Berlinale Palast). In order to guarantee excellent sound and a perfect coordination of all audio components, the theatre has been working with the largest Atmos system in Europe since the switch in January 2015. “We have to make sure that everything works 100% and couldn’t afford to take any risks, especially with the prestigious film festival,” explained Paul Hansen, technical director at the Stage Theater at Potsdamer Platz, regarding the central considerations behind the decision for Q-Sys.
In addition to the processing and distribution of all audio channels, as the DSP core of the overall control of the audio network the system platform also facilitates hitch-free interplay with the new Dolby Atmos System. The 98 loudspeakers in the hall are controlled by the Q-Sys system, which is based on the QLAN Gigabit network developed by QSC. The system platform consists of a Q-Sys Core 1100 as the central unit as well as six I/O frames, equipped with digital AES-3 cards from which the signals are routed to the system amplifiers.
The Amptown System Company under the direction of the Berlin branch manager Christopher Wegner is responsible for the installation and adjustment of the Q-Sys System, which was developed by Prolight + Sound exhibitor QSC especially for the highest demands of very large installations.
QSC Audio Systems is a globally active American producer of professional audio products and has its headquarters in Costa Mesa in California. In an interview with Messe Frankfurt, Ray van Straten, Vice President QSC Professional, spoke about the core business of the company as well as the products it will show at Prolight + Sound 2016.