EM ACOUSTICS BOUNCENZ INTO NZ THEATRE MARKET
Showtechnix has recently sold two EM Acoustics HALO-C line array systems in less than three months; the first to the Forum North cultural and entertainment centre in Whangerei for their Capitaine Bougainville theatre, and the second to sound production and hire specialists, BounceNZ.
Forum North needed to replace the old, outdated system in the Capitaine Bougainville theatre and had been on the lookout for a system that would offer outstanding audio quality and see them well into the future, as well as staying within budget.
Forum North technical manager, Ben Brittliff: “The EM Acoustics system is so compact that at first, the power they generate is a little surprising. However the technology inside these discreet units meant that they outperformed many of the larger, more cumbersome systems we had been considering.”
Showtechnix brought in Glen Ruske, owner of live sound production and hire company BounceNZ, to calculate, align and EQ the system for Forum North. It was the first time Ruske had worked with a HALO-C system, and he was so impressed with the results that he bought a system for his own company. “I was amazed at how flat the HALO-C elements were straight out of the box, and how transparent they sounded,” he said. “The cabinets are discreet, compact and sound fantastic — a really flexible option and absolutely perfect for the live theatre work we do all over New Zealand. We need a multi-use system to cover other applications as well and we feel that we can use HALO-C on pretty much anything, from corporate work to a complete LCR system for theatre. It really does punch above its weight.”
“We also purchased the EM Acoustics amps and processors just for flexibility,” continued Ruske. “It made complete sense as a package; the processors aren’t locked with the manufacturer’s presets unlike some other brands, so we can use them with our other systems as well which is obviously a bonus and a great ROI. It’s an all-round great system and we’re very pleased with it. In fact, it’s performed so well for us that we decided to invest in some of EM’s smaller systems as well for delays/fills or even as a small stand-alone system, so we’ve added twelve ultra-compact EMS-51s to our hire stock.”
- 2 x EMS-122W loudspeakers for central cluster
- 2 x EMS-118 subwoofers
- 1 x EMS-61 for under balcony delay
- 2 x EMS-51 for front fill
- 1 x EM Acoustics AQ-10 power amplifier powering 3 x HALO-C per channel
- 24 x HALO-C line array cabinets
- 4 x HALO-CS compact flyable subwoofer
- 4 x AQ-10 power amplifiers
- 2 x DSC48 system controller
- 12 x EMS-51 ultra-compact delay/fill speakers