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l-acoustics serves all at sri sathya sai premamrutham
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l-acoustics serves all at sri sathya sai premamrutham
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l-acoustics serves all at sri sathya sai premamrutham
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News | L-Acoustics Serves All At Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham
The main left and right PA comprises six Kara and three SB18 subs per side flown in a cardioid pattern next to the Kara, plus a centre fill of three Kara.
The expansive interior of the auditorium, which measures 60 x 40 metres features a high ceiling that houses hundreds of LED lights, creating a challenge for rigging points.
Delays are four Kara and two SB18 subs per side.
The main PA comprises six Kara and three SB18 per side.
Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham ashram in Muddenahalli, India - an awe-inspiring place of devotion.

With its massive glass doors and smooth tile interior, the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham ashram in Muddenahalli, India is an awe-inspiring place of devotion. These very same features also make the edifice a highly reflective – and therefore acoustically challenging – space. Coupled with the sheer size of the hall, which can seat close to 10,000 faithful, it was clear that a sound system was required inside the venue to maximise intelligibility during talks, concerts, and devotional activities. For this landmark project an L-Acoustics Kara system, provided by the French manufacturer’s Certified Distributor Provider for India, New Delhi-based HiTech Audio Systems, offered such a solution.
 
“For the management of Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham, the project is a milestone and the audio install was a prime consideration,” adds Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham’s, Bharat Kumar. “We didn’t want anyone to blame the acoustics of the hall for bad sound; rather, we wanted a company that could fix the acoustic environment with their system. We found out about L-Acoustics and thought they could provide the solution we needed, then we discovered there was only one authorised distributor for India – HiTech Audio.”
 
“As the India distributor of L-Acoustics, we wanted to provide the best system to our client; one that would deliver the consistent audio quality they required,” explains Rajan Gupta, Managing Director of HiTech Audio Systems. “The auditorium has a high reverberation time and we wanted to achieve a very precise sound, particularly for music, to create a soothing spiritual ambience. A Kara system would allow us to do this.”
 
The installation comprises a main left and right PA with six Kara and three SB18 subs per side flown in a cardioid pattern next to the Kara, with a centre fill of three Kara. To accommodate the enormous size of the venue, delays of four Kara and two SB18 subs per side were added. 
 
J Davis Prosound & Lighting, which has provided AV and lighting installations across India for over two decades, assisted HiTech Audio with the installation.
 
“L-Acoustics systems are based on a total solutions approach including all enclosures, rigging, amplification, and DSP,” says Santana Davis, owner of J Davis Prosound & Lighting. “This results in a highly predictive, standard system with control and monitoring that satisfies the performance requirements of the venue.” 
 
HiTech’s Senior Application Engineer, Kallol Nath adds, “The venue is a highly reflective zone with a reverb time of 4.5 seconds. This was the biggest challenge as we have to provide direct sound to the congregants who visit the auditorium. To ensure a clean, natural sound throughout the prayer hall we have also installed eight 5XT as front-fills and two X12 as side-fills, positioned directly under the main PA and at a close vicinity to the stage.” 
 
The expansive interior of the auditorium, which measures 60 x 40 metres features a high ceiling that houses hundreds of LED lights. This presented an additional challenge as there was a lack of rigging points, which needed to be created during the two-week installation period. 
 
L-Acoustics Application Engineer, Germain Simon, who provided the system design using L-Acoustics Soundvision modelling software, also travelled to Muddenahalli to assist with final testing and tuning of the system.
 
“From the pre-installation stage, experts from L-Acoustics were involved in this project,” adds Nath. “They designed the entire system installation in Soundvision. This was helpful to me when I was performing the installation as I had a clear picture of the sound flow across the auditorium.”
 
While the project was not without its challenges, Davis says the experience, and the outcome, have been “very positive”. A previously-installed LED video wall provides seated audience members a clear view of what is happening on stage and the new L-Acoustics Kara system now enables everyone to hear just as clearly. “Everything sounds clearer, fuller, and the auditorium engineer is getting a better picture of the sound in the venue,” remarks Davis. 

“I know that nothing comes easy in our profession, but with L-Acoustics the end result is always marvelous,” concludes Nath. “Now devotees can experience a truly tranquil sound in this sanctuary.”