Printworks

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Project:
Printworks

Location:
London, UK

Manufacturers:

dbnAudile, Manchester UK

Lighting / Visual Designer:

Clay Paky, Italy; Robe, Germany; HARMAN, US.

Installer:

dbnAudile, Manchester UK

Project Submitted By:

dbnAudile, Manchester UK

CONCEPT

Due to its enormous dimensions, powerful sound is essential to run gigs in this spacious venue. Manchester-based supplier, dbnAudile, has designed a loudspeaker system utilising d&b audiotechnik products. They used twice as many loudspeakers as they would normally for this audience capacity (3,500). Rob and his team chose a mixture of d&b audiotechnik’s J-Series and V-Series. He said: “It starts with two lines of the J-Series, and then V-Series for the back. J-SUBs are under the stage and we have some J-INFRAs here as well, if it’s a bass-heavy act.” Additionally, dbnAudile has put a DiGiCo SD12 and a Yamaha PM5D-RH desk in place, which can be used by the bands’ sound engineers. In total, Printworks consists of six rooms that can host different types of cultural events from art shows, company parties, classical concerts, dining events, and gigs. The sound system is complemented by a visual display, particularly in the electronic space where eight truss pods are flown from Kinesys motors, allowing them to move over the audience’s heads, from the highest reaches of the five-storey space down to the first-floor balcony level. On these pods are a mixture of Clay Paky, Robe and Martin by HARMAN lighting fixtures, together with LED video panels. More fixtures are positioned on and above the stage, and along the balconies are further LED video panels spaced along the length of the vast space. “We tend to use video in most of our lighting designs for club and dance events – it’s another type of lighting fixture essentially. A lot of the time people just install a 16:9 ratio screen at the back of the stage and they run some content on it, but this is a lot more abstract and immersive,” Rob emphasised. To reach an optimal effect dbnAudile’s Lighting Operator, Dave Ross, synchronises colours and moods with the video content, and with the lasers.

dbnAudile’s powerful sound is essential to run gigs in this spacious venue. It has helped to transform this industrial relict into one of the English capital’s hippest dance venues. “In the live space are four delayed lines of stereo loudspeakers, all flown quite low to keep everyone close to the loudspeakers, and maximise the direct sound they hear in the reverberant space.” To accomplish that, dbnAudile used twice as many loudspeakers as they would normally for this audience capacity. “It’s an awful lot of kit – there are 48 top boxes flown for a 3,500 capacity audience.” Rob and his team chose a mixture of d&b audiotechnik’s J-Series and V-Series.

The sound system is complemented by a visual display, particularly in the electronic space where eight truss pods are flown from Kinesys motors, allowing them to move over the audience’s heads, from the highest reaches of the five-storey space down to the first-floor balcony level. On these pods are a mixture of Clay Paky, Robe and Martin by HARMAN lighting fixtures, together with LED video panels.

More fixtures are positioned on and above the stage, and along the balconies are further LED video panels spaced along the length of the vast space.

To reach an optimal effect dbnAudile’s Lighting Operator, Dave Ross, synchronises colours and moods with the video content, and with the lasers. The sound system is complemented by a visual display, particularly in the electronic space where eight truss pods are flown from Kinesys motors, allowing them to move over the audience’s heads, from the highest reaches of the five-storey space down to the first-floor balcony level.

Rob explained why installing the products in the neighbouring, equally high-roofed hall has been a challenge: “The problem in here is that it’s so narrow. The floor space between the balconies is only five-metres wide, and with much of the audience under the balconies, it’s not possible to fly loudspeakers as we do in the live space. So we’ve designed a system of six lines of J-Series and V-Series groundstacks, using 36 top boxes and 36 subwoofers, plus four J-INFRAs. d&b audiotechnik’s cardioid subwoofer technology is invaluable in this situation, minimising the cancellation that would happen with multiple stacks of normal omnidirectional subs in this arrangement.”