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At the start of 2012 the Birmingham Hippodrome embarked on a £1.2 million refurbishment project. That budget catered for a brand new state-of-the-art digital signage system that needed to provide an immediate visual impact for the theatre as well as acting as a medium for delivering information about future shows. An AMX Inspired Signage solution was implemented to drive digital signage content. At the box office, over-the- counter signage is used for both wayfinding and as a queue management solution while two displays located behind the box office area are

used for general signage and as an audiovisual prop for box office staff. Each of the three box office positions has its own screen and Inspired Signage player which are used to advertise its function. Local control is provided by eight-button AMX Novara keypads, which allow operators to change the signage as necessary and to call-forward. Three videowalls, each with their own signage player and each comprising six 55in top-of- the-range LG screens, provide a state-of-the-art alternative to the traditional six-sheet, 12ft x 4ft advertising boards which used to be in-situ,

mounted in front of a light box.

In the front-of-house bar,

relay screens have been installed which can be used as a platform for additional advertising, or alternatively used to relay a live feed from the auditorium camera. Portrait-mounted screens installed at each auditorium door provide a platform on which the management can communicate to the gathering audience and display important alert notifications.

AMX’s NI-2100 central

controller allows all the screens and players to be integrated as part of a unified


The Walter Tigers basketball team, based in Tübingen, Germany, required a digital signage system to adhere to new regulations – which stipulated obligatory digital advertising space at the court sidelines – from the German Basketball Bundesliga, of which the team is a member club. The club opted for

LCD perimeter boards, comprising eyevis 55in


A new sound reinforcement system was required for the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, which is home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The new system overcame issues with reverberant room acoustics to deliver the necessary speech intelligibility from loudspeakers that didn’t compromise the interior design. There were several other

prerequisites that the audio solutions had to adhere to: the loudspeakers had to be situated behind a grille, fit inside a narrow space in a less-than-ideal location, throw clear sound nearly 50m to the back of the second balcony, and reinforce speech with a natural balance and timbre.

The chosen solution consisted of two CAL 64 column array loudspeakers, which were mounted side- by-side: the beam of one is aimed down at 19º with a 20º vertical beam spread to cover the main floor, while the

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other is aimed on axis with a 15º vertical beam spread to cover rear balconies. In addition, two MM-4XP self- powered loudspeakers cover small seating areas behind the stage on each side of the organ loft. Provided and installed by Sommerein, Austria-based ATEC Pro Audio, the system also includes an Allen & Heath iDR-8 matrix mixer and Sennheiser wireless microphones.

Seamless LCD monitors. These are equipped with Full HD resolution and direct LED backlight, which allows for a very homogenous depiction of image contents.

The club set up 30 LCD

board modules with an overall length of 36m. Each of the boards provides an image area of 1.2m width and 70cm height. The thin frame of the single displays


As a protected monument under Belgium law, De Grote Post required a carefully installed audio solution in its 431-seat main hall and smaller theatre. Oostende Post Office (as it is otherwise known because it operated as a post office until 1999) is the only public building designed by Ghent architect Gaston Eysselinck. Acoustical designer Paul Mees of Daidalos Peutz worked with B-Architects to create the venue’s distinctive triangular acoustic panels, accented by neon tubes. The result is an eye-catching décor from any seat in the house. Designed by Marc Lambert of Ghent-based theatre design group TTAS, the audio systems for De Grote Post boast the first European installation of Renkus-Heinz new VARIA modular point source line array. Four VARIA VA101 cabinets are hung per side, each array consisting of two VA101-7 7.5º cabinets, one VA101-15 15º, and one

is only 5.7mm wide. Further perimeter board

packages can be rented. The LCD boards provide a significantly higher flexibility for presentation times since rollboard presentation times are predefined.

After installing the solution, the club has seen a 50% increase in revenue from the new boards in comparison to the older rollboards.

digital signage solution. Local control is augmented by an iPad which is transformed into a fully functioning wireless touchpanel with the use of an AMX app. This

innovative app connects as a native AMX device to the NetLinx master to provide the Hippodrome with real- time touch control of digital signage functions.

VA101-22 22.5º. A centre cluster of two 22.5º cabinets augments coverage, along with a third cabinet ground stacked atop two VA15S subwoofers. Four TRX61 loudspeakers provide front fill for the first few rows. The smaller theatre is a

more compact room, with the floor on hydraulic lifts,

so it can be split into four separate areas, enabling artists to configure the venue to suit a wide range of performances and creations. The room is outfitted with a ground-stacked system with left and right stacks of VARIA boxes comprising two VA15S subs, topped by 22.5º and 7.5º cabinets.

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