Leading theatre sound provider Orbital Sound is the first rental company in the world to deploy the ID Series, used in Bristol alongside two other NEXO systems – a STM M28 modular line array for main PA, augmented by GEO M6 compact line array modules for upper balcony.
With a view to forthcoming rental projects, Orbital has ordered ID24 cabinets in black and white. In Bristol, they have been installed as fills under the two large balconies, as well as stageside for front fill.
Orbital MD Chris Headlam describes the ID24 as “a latest generation product from the modern era of loudspeaker modelling. The ID24 has a user-rotatable horn, providing 60° or 120° degree HF coverage; at 120°, it is ideal for our delay/under-balcony/infill applications in the theatre auditorium.”
The petite ID24 cabinet contains twin 4” drivers in combination with an HF compression driver offering two preset directivity options. Since the box can be mounted vertically or horizontally, this effectively gives the user four different directivities in a cabinet that is just 310mm wide x 132mm high.
“Vocal projection is very important and these cabinets sound natural even at high SPL. NEXO has made it easier for theatre sound designers; the ID24 is small enough, powerful enough and light enough for use in multiple applications. In Bristol, we’re using two different NEXO line arrays with the ID compacts, and as a rental supplier, I’m impressed by the ‘family sound’ that makes all these loudspeakers sound so cohesive as a system.”
Orbital Sound is also making extensive use of NEXO’s compact line array system, the GEO M6, featuring as the main PA in two other major British theatres, the Royal Opera House in Manchester (1800-seats) and the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury (1200-seats).
“This is a totally contemporary and loudspeaker,” says Headlam. “Made in 2014, it actually sounds more modern that speakers made even in 2010. It has a really low level of distortion, and a lovely spatial top-end. The SPL and throw almost defies logic, when you consider its size.”
At the Marlowe Theatre, with 2 balconies, Orbital has installed six arrays of GEO M6; 6-a-side lines at performer level, 3-a-side at upper stage level for Balcony 1 and with left/right 6-cabinet arrays flown over the proscenium arch to address Balcony 2. In Manchester, at the historic 1800-seat Opera House, the GEO M6 is deployed in left/right 12-cabinet arrays, under the direction of highly experienced sound designer Chris Whybrow.
“It has outstanding resistance to feedback, so often the problem that lets down the compact line array. GEO M6 conquers this problem completely, and sets a new benchmark.”
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ID InSpace Definition describes a new category of products, which are intended as problem-solvers for the toolkits of system designers and installers in all areas of the audio business. The physical characteristics of the ID Series of loudspeaker cabinets are super-compact and low profile, to enable their use in awkward and acoustically challenging spaces. Using a variety of mounting options, the ID24 compact cabinet can fit into almost any environment, whilst its ability to offer high SPL output with variable directivities enables it to ‘beam’ sound into difficult spaces.
At launch, the ID Series is comprised of three products:
- The ID24 full-range compact speaker, using twin 4” drivers in a V formation in combination with an HF compression driver offering two preset directivity options.
- Complementing the ID24 are two striking low-profile powerful subs, ID S110 (1×10″) and ID S210 (2×10″).
However, the unique design of the ID24 offers the user so many possibilities for tailored specification that NEXO has designated 3 versions:
- ID24i for installation
- ID24t for touring and AV applications
- ID24c or the “a la carte” version which allows the customer to custom-configure the speaker to match precise requirements.
The unusual asymmetric shape of the ID24 cabinet further maximises its possibilities. The module can be mounted horizontally or vertically, and, using the correct accessories, can be deployed as an under-balcony reinforcement module. In live performance situations, the ID24 can pole-mount or clip onto truss. A purpose-designed accessory allows it to be precisely angled for stage front-fill applications. ID24 can even be used as a wedge monitor, when stood upright in the horizontal plane.