Worthing’s Pavilion gets a sound refresh.
The stage set for The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan: Credit Martin Reid
Worthing's Pavilion Theatre, one of four performance spaces run by Worthing Borough Council, enjoys a wide range of performances but required an audio system upgrade which has now been fully installed. The system which had previously been in place dated back over two decades and the demands of the venue, the advances in technology and audience expectations have now changed.
Simon Gray, General Manager for Operations at Worthing Theatres, has been the driving force behind the installation of a new sound system which was funded through a combination of Worthing Theatres’ ticket levy and Worthing Borough Council’s investment programme. Simon explains: “The powers-that be recognised the need for quality and were really on board with this. Without the Council’s support for the arts, this would not have happened. Overall, it ties in with a general raising of the status of Worthing, as a town whose demographic has got a whole lot younger in the past decade.”
The Pavilion Theatre’s productions range from pantomime and stage shows to talks and music gigs. The new system had to be flexible, high quality and deliver good levels and total intelligibility across the venue.
Collaborating with HD Pro and EM Acoustics, Worthing Theatres’ seven-strong technical team were involved throughout the process to get broad opinions from those who will be working with the system. As well as performing well, the system needed to be seen as a quality installation to potential hirers. Simon adds: “When promoters and production companies visit our venues and see a recognised professional audio product, they take the venue seriously.”
Technical stage manager Martin Wright says: “With our varied program of events we were looking for both sound pressure levels and clarity. The EM system provided that, and although it’s an odd-shaped room we were able to eliminate a lot of the dead patches and reflections from the curved ceiling. We have really good coverage now – the front row of the balcony is a premium position which many of our patrons really enjoy, now that they’re getting better sound coverage.”
Photo Credit: Martin Reid
Simon adds: “When you walked across the auditorium before, sound coverage wasn’t consistent, but it is now. It’s really constant – it’s good to not hear any difference! It was a very positive joint working partnership with HD Pro, EM Acoustics and Worthing Theatres. The use of in-house technical staff enabled creative and efficient use of both resources and skills. If we had not approached the project as a joint venture with the commercial sector it would have resulted in significantly higher installation costs and reduced the capability of the end product.”
Executive Member for Customer Services, Councillor Dr Heather Mercer says: “With the multitude of live events Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre hosts, we knew it was vital to invest in the new sound system and provide the best experience we can for our customers, whether that be our patrons coming to enjoy our productions or the professional companies we work with. This, alongside our hard working technical team, means our venue can now be highlighted as one of the best for providing high quality audio, and we’re thrilled to begin 2017 with this exciting development.”
System Spec Main System: 6x EM Acoustics Halo-C array per side (Total 12) 2x EM Acoustics EMS-118 sub per side (Total 4) 2x EM Acoustics EMS-126: Out-fills 2x EM Acoustics EMS-129: Delays 4x EM Acoustics EMS-61: Front-fills 2x EM Acoustics DQ20 Amplifier 1x EM Acoustics DQ10 Amplifier
Floor Monitors: 6x RCF NX 12 SMA Powered 12” Monitor 2x RCF NX 15 SMA Powered 15” Monitor
Console: Yamaha QL1 Yamaha RIO3224
Infrastructure: 2x Cisco SG300-20 Ethernet switch trunked together Misc custom interface panels Custom mains distros
Portable System: 2x EM Acoustics EMS-129 1x EM Acoustics EMS-118 4x EM Acoustics EMS-61 1x EM Acoustics DQ10