Due to the complexity of the theatre design, delay speakers for the audio system were required featuring 32 Meyer Sound UP-4XP’s along with the newly release Galaxy 816 processors. Surround speakers behind the audience are made up of 34 Meyer Sound UPM-1XPs. They provide high sound pressure levels, extremely low distortion, and uniform directional control, yet are discreet enough to blend into the aesthetics – in fact they are hidden in the rear wall of the theatre. These speakers also work with the surround rings to produce even coverage.
A second row of surrounds comprises 10 L-Acoustics 12XT loudspeakers, so between these two surround rings it’s possibly to get ample coverage for different imaging of effects and reverbs.
Front-fill duties are taken care of by 24 Meyer Sound MM-4XPs, which are ideal in size and because they are waterproof and also low voltage, there is no need to worry about them being too close to the pool. Completing the loudspeaker line-up are eight K-array KP102’s and four K-array Anakonda KAN200+ flexible arrays, both of which are used as hidden fill loudspeakers. “The K-array products are ideal cosmetically because they blend in with the environment, the theatre designers were happy that the loudspeakers weren’t so intrusive of their design,” said Sebastian. Two K-array all-in-one KA84 audio power amplifiers look after power and processing needs for the K-array boxes.
Amplification and control for L-Acoustics systems, is provided through the company’s amplified controllers – the LA8 and the LA4X. A total of 19 LA8’s and four LA4Xs are in place at Le Perle and both amplifiers are more than adequate for the theatre in terms of EQ’ing and delay. With the Meyer Sound cabinets being self-powered all they require is loudspeaker management, which is provided courtesy of a BSS London Soundweb BLU-806 and six BLU-160’s. BSS is looking after all of our signal flow in terms of outputs to the PA, it’s helping us with routing, matrixing and also processing for certain elements. The amplifier and processor racks are kept in climate controlled rack rooms, therefore eliminating the possibility of them getting wet, which ultimately extends the longevity of the show.