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Audio Specialists Sound By Design has installed a new HALO-Compact PA system in the main Auditorium of the Royal Albert Hall supplied by UK manufacturer, EM Acoustics with Van Damme cabling supplied by VDC Trading. The nature of the RAH’s events has changed substantially in recent years, demanding a more versatile audio solution. Having trialled the system on a number of events including “Singin’ in the Rain”, and ENB’s season of Swan Lake, the company’s engineers were unanimously agreed that HALO Compact was the right system, both aesthetically and acoustically, for the Hall moving forwards.
Sound By Design’s Operations Manager Phill ‘Chappie’ Chapman explained
All the signal infrastructure uses Van Damme cables by VDC and is well matched to the system we deployed. Their quality is excellent at a decent price and they are a reliable company who deliver when they say they will, due to retaining good stock levels. A lot of our work can be very last minute and VDC are good at helping us with that.
We have worked with Van Damme cable for many years and in fact the previous system in the RAH was with VDC cable too. Much of that we have retained and reused with the cables running from an input panel at the back of the stage to a new amplifier room behind the organ.
“In the RAH there are no direct cable routes to anywhere and over the years we have found most of the ways through. This time though we still found a couple of new spaces we didn’t know existed! We used both analogue and digital multicores plus Cat5 cables for data with tie lines to the rear of arena and to positions under the stage to allow for the addition of powered sub-woofers and conventional monitors.
VDC Commercial Director Chris D’Aguiar added
It’s a great pleasure to be involved with the operations of the UK’s best loved venue. It represents the peak of live performance and is a good example of utilising the renowned flexibility of Van Damme cabling.
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