Bader al Mulla and Renkus-Heinz impress at college
KUWAIT: Systems integrator, Bader al Mulla, recently completed three-year project at the Kuwait College of Science & Technology (KCST) that saw A/V engineer Manohar Sharma design the sound solutions for the college’s 525-seat auditorium and two 215-seat lecture halls. Mr Sharma selected systems from Renkus-Heinz to complement the acoustics of each space.
‘I was involved in the audio-visual design for the entire KCST complex, the heart of which is the auditorium, with the two lecture theatres,’ Mr Sharma recalled. ‘The technology is excellent throughout – Christie projectors, Extron and Crestron switching control, and of course Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers. But what was remarkable from the beginning was the quality of the room itself – the room acoustics. It has been so well designed and constructed that it has a measured STI of 0.77.’
Joining Mr Sharma and the Bader al Mulla in commissioning the audio solution was Renkus-Heinz’ sales manager for the Middle East, Norbert Bau, who was equally impressed by the auditorium’s acoustics. ‘The auditorium is a wonderful space in which they've worked incredibly hard to achieve an optimum acoustic environment,’ he said. ‘The room actually sounds like a studio.’
The auditorium has been equipped with a pair of Iconyx ICL-FR Dual arrays, which were mounted to the far left and right. Supporting the low frequencies are two PN212-SUBR subwoofers in front of the stage. While this setup delivers for speech reinforcement applications, a surround sound system consisting of 15 PN61R loudspeakers (five serving as front-fills and a further 10 spread across the sides and rear of the seating area) was installed for use during more complicated productions. For monitoring, four PN121M conic loudspeaker systems have been deployed onstage, while two-way CF61 enclosures have been fitted in the control room.
‘Beam steering is still applied because the auditorium is quite wide, around 20m and about 30m deep. With left and right arrays serving such a deep auditorium, we needed to direct the beams to achieve optimum coverage across the audience area, which we have,’ noted Mr Sharma. Mr Bau added: ‘By using beam steering we achieved really smooth coverage across the entire audience. When we finished the commissioning we asked the general manager to come and listen and he was really surprised. The final result was very good.’
The two smaller lecture halls have been fitted with identical solutions, comprising two Iconyx ICL-FR Singles, installed far left and right of the stage, a central PN212-SUBR subwoofer, three PN61R as front-fills, and two CF61 as control room monitors.
‘For me, this whole project was very special because of the level of technical skill and the commitment to the work that has been done,’ revealed Mr Bau. ‘KCST had the determination to create a truly excellent solution, and Bader al Mulla had the ability to get the job done properly. We supported them with as much information and assistance as we could and the end result is fantastic.’
‘We have some experience with other brands but we know from previous projects that Renkus-Heinz is very supportive, and that we could relax in the knowledge that they would come on-board and support us by certifying the commissioning and doing the fine tuning,’ concluded Mr Sharma. ‘This is definitely a reference project for us with Renkus-Heinz. It is a matter of pride that we have successfully completed such an important solution.’