“The owner and the architect wanted to have a discreet sound system, which meant no bass cabinets on the floor or flown,” explains SHOWEM’s CEO Christian Eck. “While this clean look, and the size of the array, was important to the architect, the owner’s priority was to have a powerful system.”
SHOWEM hit on an ingenious solution for this dilemma. Using NEXOSoft acoustic simulation software for system design, the company came up with a permanently-installed L/R system of 3x NEXO S1210 and 1x S1230 compact two-way cabinets per side. The hangs are suspended five metres above the floor at an 11 degree horizontal angle, controlled with a NEXO NX242 Digital TDcontroller and powered by a Camco Vortex 200 and a Vortex 6 amp. However when West Park puts on dance events or live bands, it can rent in NEXO bass cabinets from SHOWEM to supplement the unobtrusive main system.
According to Eck, this efficient design, using just four cabinets per side, produces good coverage which can be heard into the corridors of the centre.
“The angle was tricky, so we used NEXO’s simulation software to get it right,” he says. “Most other speakers wouldn’t have stood a chance.
“After the first few events, the owner and architect were very pleased with how easy it has been to produce a clear sound for hundreds of people without a big array. In line with the client’s requirements, the system really does look small and discreet.”