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Modernization of the electro-acoustic systems in the Friedrichstadtpalast (2008)

The Project: The Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin is an unparalleled revue theater: With its 3,000 m² performance space, a visible stage of 2,144 m², a 24m-wide proscenium arch, and an auditorium that seats 1,895, it has the largest theater stage in the world. Comprehensive structural improvements to the room acoustics and modernization of the electro-acoustic systems were scheduled in the course of a technical facelift for the building control systems. The job had to be completed during the summer of 2008.

The Challenge: To come up with a new concept for the entire configuration of electro-acoustic sound system in both the auditorium and stage area that is up-to-date and delivers what the modern ear expects. Two particular factors that had to be taken into consideration were the different types of stage production, requiring a great deal of flexibility in the configuration of the loudspeaker systems, and the unusual geometry produced by the forestage projecting well into the auditorium.

The Solution: The first step Amptown System Company took was to modernize the electro-acoustic system based on the results of room acoustic measurements carried out by Müller-BBM. Time and budgetary limitations meant that recommendations could only be considered if they delivered significant improvements. A particular focus was the proscenium area, specifically rows 1 to 7, where the directional sound perception needed to be changed. Special near-field speakers employed by ASC made a considerable improvement here.

The theater drew up a strict list of priorities for the design of the decentralized sound system to ensure perfect interaction between artistry, dance, music, costumes, and scenery on the one hand and lighting and video projection on the other. Loudspeakers were only to be installed where space permitted, not necessarily in their ideal positions. ASC restricted the size of the loudspeakers to improve the view for the audience, making sure they did not intrude too prominently into the auditorium.

All the functions of the sound system were checked and the theater’s sound engineers trained during the “Summer Revue” stage program in August 2008. It was even possible to improve upon some of the features further.

Excerpt from the materials list:

  • Meyer Sound Equipment
  • 40 x M'elodie UltraCompact high-power line array loudspeakers (divided into 5 arrays),
  • 9 x 700-HP subwoofers in 3 cardioid (aligned) arrays
  • 74 x MM-4 miniature wide-range loudspeakers + 10 x MM-4CEU control electronics units,
  • 2 x CQ-1 wide coverage, 2 x CQ-2 narrow coverage main loudspeakers
  • 4 x UPJ Compact VariO loudspeakers,
  • 2 x MJF 212 high-power stage monitors (mobile)
  • 8 x UPJunior UltraCompact VariO loudspeakers,
  • 3 x Galileo 616 loudspeaker management systems

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    Friedrichstadtpalast

    Sound system know-how

    ASC’s core competence was in demand when it came to modernizing the electro-acoustic system in the Friedrichstadtpalast, one of Europe’s premier revue theaters.

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    Friedrichstadtpalast

    Sound system know-how

    ASC’s core competence was in demand when it came to modernizing the electro-acoustic system in the Friedrichstadtpalast, one of Europe’s premier revue theaters.

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