Acoustic Control returns to Christ
INDIA: Bangalore-based A/V seller and systems integrator Acoustic Control Pvt Ltd has installed a JBL VTX line array system at the nearby 2,500-seat capacity Christ University Auditorium. Notably, the auditorium was the first in the country to be installed with a line array solution when Acoustic Control was enlisted to outfit the space in 2006. The integrator returned in 2010 to update it with a new Vertec 4889 solution, while the latest visit saw the space upgraded once more to VTX.
With over 16,000 students and more than 1,000 faculty members, Christ University is one of the top ranked universities in the country. It is managed by the priests of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), the first indigenous Syrian Catholic religious congregation in India. Furthermore, the auditorium has played host to a number of prominent personalities, including the Dalai Lama, the Chief Justice of India and the Chief minister of Karnataka, and has hosted concerts by Richard Clayderman, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, S.P. Balasubramanayam , Shreya Ghoshal and percussionist Shivamani.
‘When Christ University once again decided to up the ante it was not a difficult decision in choosing the JBL VTX25,’ recalled Acoustic Control director, Sanjay Mudartha. ‘When we read the technical specifications and subsequently heard the system we knew we had to install the VTX system in a showcase venue, and where better than at Christ University’s auditorium, which to-date boasts many firsts, including the first line array speaker install in India in 2006 and the first JBL Vertec 4889 installation in 2010.’
‘The upgraded system definitely sounds a lot smoother and is more transparent,’ added the university’s sound engineer, Rajan. ‘The VTX 25s put out a lot more SPL, hence we have a lot more headroom now and are extremely happy with the way in which Acoustic Control has implemented and tuned the system. It just keeps getting better.’
The install solution comprises dual hangs of eight VTX 25-II line array modules in combination with four G28 subwoofers placed under the stage, and additional VRX932s and VRX928s serving as fills. The entire system is powered from Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and is monitored and maintained via a computer running Harman’s Performance Manager 2.0. Prior to deployment, the system was modelled and mapped in EASE to ensure optimum coverage. In addition to the speakers, the upgrade included the addition of a Soundcraft Impact digital console and a matching Soundcraft stagebox.
‘One of the biggest hurdles that we faced is that the Christ University auditorium is in such great demand that we had to upgrade the system, change the cabling and power distribution and have it back online in under two days to meet the hectic schedule of events,’ concluded Mr Mudartha.
Besides the audio system, the auditorium also has installed an extensive Martin intelligent lighting system, LSC Dimmers and Jem hazers – all controlled by an LSC maxim XXLP. The video system comprises two Barco projectors – one a 30,000 lumens unit, and the second a 10,000 lumens unit with Extron switching and video transport.