Hirschluch Meeting Place: Allen & Heath, Jupiter And The Silver Moon
Experiential training centre built around flexible sound management and configurable rooms, integrated for ease-of-use
The Protestant youth training and community centre Hirschluch, located in the rural German town of Storkow, is an institution of the “Association for Youth Aid & Social Work” which aims to strengthen the work of the Ministry of Education via a combination of experiential education and youth training opportunities.
When plans were drawn up for a new purpose-built seminar building, nicknamed “Silver Moon”, system integrators Brandenburg Entertainment were handed the task of equipping the new building with a flexible sound management system, capable of being operated by the day-to-day staff at the centre.
The new building includes six seminar rooms on the ground floor, and a large hall, nicknamed “Jupiter”, on the upper floor, offering almost 232m2 of configurable space for theatre, music, meetings, and online conferences. “The hall space can be divided by partition walls,” explains installer Tim Berker of subcontractor AudioVisionRent from Kaiserslautern, “so we have different situations in which we either use the whole hall with a main PA, or a number of separate rooms. To be able to achieve the required routing flexibility, we decided to use the Allen & Heath AHM-64 Matrix Processor to manage the audio.”
Partnering the AHM-64, an Allen & Heath DX012 output expander was specified to feed the PA system via AES, removing the need for a further stage of A/D conversion and the associated latency.
As with many fixed installs, it is common for non-technical staff to be on-site supervising the various events. To enable simple operation for the staff, Berker deployed iPads running the Custom Control App. “We have programmed various scenes on the AHM-64,” Berker explains, “so the respective configuration – separate hall, connected hall and outdoor area – can be called up on the iPads, via a clearly designated button in the app, recalling the appropriate input and output routing for the application.”