Concert hall, cinema and multi-purpose venue: Fosnavåg Konserthus on the Norwegian coast can now be counted among the top addresses for the arts and entertainment. This is in no small part thanks to its top-quality Constellation Acoustic System provided by Meyer Sound, which raises the sound quality in the auditorium to new heights of acoustic excellence.
“We wanted a perfect room for acoustic music and a perfect room for amplified music, but with conventional physical acoustics we couldn’t have both,” said Bjørn Holum, event manager of Herøy municipality and head of the technology committee. So he turned to Meyer Sound’s Constellation System.
Acoustics in the auditorium
It consists of a D-Mitri digital audio platform as host for patented VRAS acoustical algorithms. The hall’s ambient acoustics are picked up 34 miniature condenser microphones. Early reflections and reverberation are delivered by 19 Stella-4C installation loudspeakers, 40 UP-4XP, 20 UPJunior-XP VariO, and 32 HMS-10 surround speakers, and ten MM10-XP and four UMS-1XP subwoofers. The loudspeakers are split into two zones, to optimise auditorium acoustics and create a ‘virtual orchestral shell’ around the stage.
Constellation is backed up by a speaker system with twin arrays of eleven MINA loudspeakers and four 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. Four UPJunior VariO loudspeakers provide fill, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor takes care of system drive and optimisation.
“We’re using Constellation with great success in our events, from unamplified, symphonic concerts, to amplified concerts in combination with the PA system,” said Holum. “Our opening program featured Leif Ove Andsnes playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and Constellation supported both the piano and orchestra so well that even the last row could clearly hear all the details.”
Picutre sources: Kristoffer Nærø Ytterland, www.meirenntusenord.com