DESIGNING AN audio system that would work equally well for rock and pop shows, comedy and club nights was critical for Steve Hoyland of venue operator Academy Music Group (AMG), when he installed a new in-house PA at Glasgow’s O2 Academy (cap. 2,500).
The venue, which is hosting shows by artistes such as Gary Numan, Jack Savoretti and Stone Temple Pilots, presented a range of acoustic challenges such as a 270-degree seated wrap-around balcony and proscenium arch, as well as period plasterwork and art deco features.
He commissioned Adlib to install the system, whose project leaders Roger Kirby and John Hughes used Soundvision acoustic profiling software to model the venue, deciding that a K2 system by French manufacturer L-Acoustics would produce the best results.
“The layout and the décor is fantastic, as is the sense of proportion, and the shows always have an amazing vibe,” says Kirby. “The gigs always feel intimate and personal, which is why audiences love it so much and feel involved.”
The new system comprises left and right flown arrays of 10 K2 speakers per side and 12 L-Acoustics SB28 subs distributed on and beneath the stage. Four ARCS II boxes per side provide near field stalls fills, with two X8 passive coaxial speakers centre stage. These are driven by LA8 amplifiers in a new climate-controlled amp room, while front-of-house and monitor consoles are both DiGiCo SD12s.