L-Acoustics A Series Provides Ultimate Flexibility for Historic Russian Culture Centers
Kapotnya Palace of Culture and the Polyarnye Zori Palace of Culture receive audio upgrades that offer modern and reliable sound reinforcement for a wide range of events
RUSSIA – December 2021 – Art and culture are central to Russia’s heritage, and the country’s cultural institutions play an integral role in its citizens’ lives. Two such institutions are the multifunctional Palace of Culture ‘Kapotnya’ in Moscow and the Polyarnye Zori Palace of Culture in the far north city of Polyarnye Zori. Both were opened in the 1970s, and both organize leisure activities, introduce residents to creativity and art, and work to preserve national and cultural traditions that support the development of social initiatives of their respective local populations. L-Acoustics Certified Provider Distributor for Russia, Sonoruss, recently installed L-Acoustics A Series in both cultural centers to deliver high-performance, versatility and outstanding sound quality in these iconic venues.
“All Palace of Culture venues are by nature multifunctional, therefore the systems that we propose need to accommodate anything from theatre shows, festivals, and music concerts to masterclasses, lectures, and citizen gatherings,” says Sonoruss CEO Igor Verkholat. “While the mission may be the same, each of these two venues has its own unique challenges and objectives. Using Soundvision, an essential part of any L-Acoustics design workflow, we did electro-acoustic simulations and mechanical calculations to develop a sound system that met both design targets.”
For the Polyarnye Zori Palace of Culture, the main requirement was to provide uniform coverage across the entire hall, considering its specific architectural structure, which includes a low stage and boxes that accommodate lighting along each side of the auditorium. A left/right system with no frontfill was deemed the optimum solution. Therefore, the main system comprises three A15 topped with two KS21 subs with four X12 cabinets used as floor monitors for the artists on stage. “Panflex allowed us to adjust the sound directivity of A15 to exclude the lighter boxes from the coverage areas,” adds Igor Novikov, Sonoruss Technical Director.
Working together with integrator Matrix Engineering, Sonoruss performed electro-acoustical calculations and final tuning of the system. Both teams developed a complete audio solution perfectly matched to the venue’s specific architectural attributes, delivering flexibility for any type of show or event.
“In February, a grand opening concert took place with both artists and audience enjoying uniform, crystal clear sound, which reached every seat in the hall,” says Verkholat. “We received amazing feedback from the technical team of the City Palace, and the audience and the artists. The Head of the Regional Ministry of Culture was also impressed by the audio upgrade, stating it would be instrumental in helping to bring more high-level shows into the venue.”
Similarly, a full-scale renovation of the stage was completed at the theatre and concert hall of the Palace of Culture ‘Kapotnya’ in Moscow, where Sonoruss worked together with TTTPro (Theatre Techniques and Technologies) to install a new L-Acoustics system.
“Here, we were also tasked with designing a comprehensive and reliable sound reinforcement system that would provide uniform coverage for a wide range of activities for the 530-capacity hall,” explains Verkholat. “Once again, we used Soundvision to determine the exact location of each cabinet to ensure uniform coverage and imaging.”
The final system comprises left/right hangs of three A15 Focus and one A15 Wide, each flanked by a hang of three KS21 subs in a cardioid configuration. Six 5XT are integrated into the stage lip for frontfill. Eight X15 HiQ stage floor monitors provide clear sound and speech reproduction during rehearsals and shows for the performers.
“Together with our partners, our team has once again been able to bring the renowned L-Acoustics sound quality to these two amazing institutions of culture, education, and entertainment,” concludes Verkholat. “By working with L-Acoustics Soundvision, we were able to address the challenging aspects of each venue and deliver a bespoke solution that elevates the listening experience. These centers now have modern and reliable sound reinforcement for the plethora of art, music, and corporate events that both places are known for.”