We recently worked with University of Waterloo’s Communication Arts Department to upgrade the 402 seat Theatre of The Arts. The UW theatre program mounts some of the most imaginative and cutting edge productions in the area and requires technology that is versatile and easy to manipulate. This theatre has undergone several upgrades the past few years including new catwalks, new Elation Pro SixPar 300 LED pars with RGBWA+UV colour mixing, a Behringer X32 for FOH audio, HME Wireless ClearCom and now new speakers and amplifiers from Dynacord and Electro Voice.
The theatre space is essentially in the round with seating right up to the edge of the stage. This proves to be difficult to get even audio coverage over every seat. The new Electro Voice EVC 1122-VI was chosen for its unique ability to have massive horn coverage based on the height it is mounted at. Tilting the box in the bracket allows the coverage area to be tuned right to the front row of seating. University of Waterloo’s Gill Lesperance and Cameron Jolliffe completed the installation in record time, including the new wiring and amp racks mounted in the catwalk.
In addition to the 4 main FOH boxes there were 8 Electro Voice Evid 4.2 speakers installed. Combined with 4 Dynacord L1300 amplifiers this enables 8 channels of surround sound rear fill audio. Using the X32 USB interface card and Qlab 3 allows sound effects and soundscapes to fully cover the theatre. 4 of the Dynacord 1300s are installed on the catwalk being monitored via the MARC software. The 1122- VI speakers are powered by 2 Dynacord L2800 amps running in the control booth.