Meyer Sound MICA® line array loudspeakers and 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements have proven to be the perfect combo for the Wallmans Copenhagen International Dinnershow. The new system is a centerpiece of the recent audio upgrade in the acoustically challenging Circus Hall, bringing a whole new sonic experience for the guests.
A key system design objective for Chief Sound Engineer Magnus Högkvist was to overcome the inherent acoustical problems in the historic, irregularly shaped hall. “The MICA arrays provide smooth coverage throughout the room—you experience the same sound quality at every seat,” says Högkvist. “The system has made my job much easier. Now when I mix the shows, I know that the levels and frequency response will be consistent throughout the venue.”
Nalle Vikström, the Dinnershow’s former sound designer, served as an independent consultant for preliminary design proposals. “Largely because of the room’s domed roof, in the past it was not possible to get even, coherent low end everywhere,” says Vikström. “With the 1100-LFCs, the bass in the room now sounds better than it ever has.”
The system comprises dual arrays of eight-each MICA loudspeakers supplemented by three 1100-LFC elements flown above the stage in a cardioid configuration and two UPA-1P loudspeakers for fill. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor supplies drive and optimization. The Dinnershow also uses a surround system of 10 HMS-12 surround loudspeakers, with a D-Mitri® digital audio platform driving numerous sound effects to give the guests an immersive sonic experience.
“There are now no limitations to this room,” says Vikström. “If you want to turn something up, you can do it. And with the surround system, you have open options for creativity that never existed before.”
Wallmans Copenhagen presents an original revue of live music, dance, and acrobatics for 950 guests while they enjoy a four-course meal. Originally opened in 1886 to exclusively host circus performances, Circus Hall is also used for TV shows, awards ceremonies, and corporate events.
The production also includes a DiGiCo SD10 digital console with Waves audio signal processing, 20 channels of Shure UHF-R wireless systems, and Sennheiser in-ear monitoring systems.