Triple-A treatment for Serbian National Theatre.

Established 160 years ago, the Serbian National Theatre has always offered a rich repertoire of drama, opera and ballet as well as more diverse live concerts and cultural events. In the 1980s the theatre moved to a new building in the center of Novi Sad and was thoroughly updated. The modernization was recently completed with the installation of new sound and lighting systems, bringing contemporary technologies to this Serbian cultural landmark.

d&b partner AVL Projekt, the chosen integrator for the theatre’s audio upgrade, proposed a sound system based on the d&b A-Series in combination with ArrayProcessing to address the theatre’s requests of even coverage throughout the auditorium and intuitive usability.

Jovica Maćoš, Executive Director at AVL Projekt has had great feedback from the venue: “The sound engineers of the Serbian National Theatre are very satisfied with the installed system. Now they can provide the audience with the right listening experience, regardless of whether it is a play or a live concert. The great performance of the system is further evidenced by the very positive reviews that have come from sound engineers of visiting bands as well as the in-house crew.”

The combination of the A-Series, xA-Series and ArrayProcessing has delivered exactly what the theatre wanted and Dusan Jovanovic, Serbian National Theatre’s Chief of Audio Equipment is proud of this audio solution.

I didn’t realize that the difference between systems could be so enormous. All of our technicians and sound engineers said the same thing – we knew that d&b is a high-quality brand, but this has far surpassed our expectations. Such a remarkable sound reproduction and uniform sound distribution throughout the entire auditorium – one couldn’t ask for more.Dusan Jovanovic, Chief of Audio Equipment, Serbian National Theatre

The A-Series lends itself perfectly for applications in medium-sized venues as it combines characteristics of both line array and point source technology, a concept d&b calls the augmented array.

The system at the Serbian National Theatre consists of an array of four AL90 cabinets per side, a center cluster of two 10A cabinets, two VG-SUBs per side and MAX2 monitors on stage and is powered by three 30D and one D80 amplifiers.

AVL Projekt modelled the venue in ArrayCalc to simulate and visualize the uniform sound coverage and tonal spectrum for the venue ahead of the installation. Using the ArrayProcessing, an optimization algorithm which helps control the behavior of a d&b array across an entire audience area, the team was able to extend the throw of a line source, reducing the need for delay systems and increases intelligibility in reverberant spaces.

Thanks to ArrayProcessing the auditorium is impeccably covered with sound, both on the ground floor and in the galleries, which results in a uniform musical experience for visitors, whether they are sitting in front or in the back rows.Jovica Maćoš, Executive Director at AVL

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