18 September 2017

New generation systems take VEGA into the future

VEGA in Copenhagen is one of Denmark’s most renowned live music venues, and a popular stop off for countless international touring acts. VEGA incorporates three distinct performance spaces: Store VEGA with a 1,550 capacity; Lille VEGA with space for 500; and Ideal Bar Live for up to 250. As well as concerts, the venue is a regular home for lectures, meetings, press conferences and other events.

Led by Head of Production, Anders Mortensen, the venue has undertaken a number of upgrade projects in recent years, but the late 2016 overhaul of the loudspeaker systems in Store VEGA and Lille VEGA was particularly significant. Intended to furnish both rooms with more responsive systems, capable of accommodating speech and a wide variety of live music genres, the upgrade was preceded by an assessment of three leading PA systems. Ultimately, the decision was made to continue a long running association with d&b following the venue’s extensive use of the Q-Series.

“We have been using d&b successfully for ten years, and after a process of consideration we realized that the latest generation d&b systems – including the V8s and V-GSUBs – were exactly what we required to meet our requirements in the future,” says Mortensen, who notes that VEGA recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary.

In conjunction with this milestone, The Tuborg Foundation, which supports music related initiatives throughout Denmark, provided a donation that enabled the latest upgrade project to take place. “Our focus is communities and the popular, and it is important for us that those we support are innovative and create joy for many,” says the foundation’s Director, Anne Marie Skov. “VEGA is a good example. [The Foundation] congratulates VEGA on the anniversary and gives a donation that will ensure good sound into the future.”

Denmark’s d&b Distributor, Alfa Audio A/S, was enlisted to provide and install the new systems. “One of the most notable aspects of the installation was the move from the 2-way Q-Series cabinets to the 3-way V8s,” says Alfa Audio’s Managing Director, Lars Baun Frederiksen. “The result is increased headroom, with the improvement in the vocals being particularly noticeable. The extended LF pattern control in the V really does help the vocals sit on top of the mix.”

In the large room, the new design is based around four V8s per side, along with four V8s in a mono configuration for balcony, accompanied by four 10S and two 8S loudspeakers to provide infill at stage, under-balcony fill and balcony nearfill. In the smaller space, a pair of V7P 3-way passive loudspeakers per side provide the primary reinforcement, while nearfill is courtesy of two 8S units.

Since the installation was completed the new systems have been put through their paces on more than fifty shows, including national and international acts. Placebo, Seasick Steve, Craig David and Bat For Lashes are among those to have played acclaimed sets, with Mortensen noting that the response to the new equipment has been “extremely positive. We are delighted with the results and the improvement it has brought to the overall quality of audio. In particular, we notice that getting a good sound during the setup for each show is now considerably easier.”

 

Photography courtesy of Per Lange/Vega