Midas Consoles Holland and Electric Audio announced that the RAI Convention Centre (Amsterdam) opted to use Midas, Klark Teknik and Electro-Voice products to equip its newly refurbished auditorium. One of the auditorium’s new functions is as the Amsterdam RAI Theatre. After 6 p.m. on weekdays, 1,750 attendees can now enjoy stage productions and musical performances.
The auditorium/RAI Theatre needed a high-quality sound system that could span classical music, speeches and musicals to rock concerts without the need for re-tuning. At the heart of the system are two Midas Verona consoles: A Midas Verona 400 handles front-of-house requirements and a Verona 320 is on monitors. System processing for the E-V Xlc line array system is managed by a Klark Teknik DN9848 digital loudspeaker processor, while FOH EQ is handled by a DN9340 Helix system. A DN9344 Helix slave looks after EQ and delay for both the under-balcony and front-fill speakers. Two Midas Venice 320 consoles have been supplied to serve the smaller halls within the theater building. The complete package was delivered and installed by professional audio systems integrators, Apeldoorn-based Pieee Solutions.
The RAI's chief engineer, Peter de Beukelaer, says, "We tried out a number of different systems, but nothing gave us the dynamic headroom and audio clarity of this combination. In addition to the superb audio quality, it is also extremely easy to operate, which is important when you have so many visiting engineers. Not only are they all recognized brands, which instantly puts an engineer at ease, but in terms of EQ, we can pre-program the Helix system to get the room sounding the way we like it and then present engineers with a "flat" set of graphics so they can tweak afterward if they like without it interfering with our own settings. It's a great solution!"