October 2006 - Hamburg's beautiful Grand Hotel Elysee is the biggest in the city, and attracts many thousands of visitors and
admirers every year. Now there is a further attraction: a new ballroom which provides impressive entertainment and meeting
facilities for up to 700 people.
The installation of the sound reinforcement system for this magnificent venue had to meet the highest specifications. The 1200
sq.m area and 9m ceiling height of the hall make the acoustics highly reverberant. By dividing the hall into three zones - front
parquet, rear parquet and gallery - it is easier to prevent the generation of unnecessary sound energy and to achieve optimal
sound coverage throughout.
The sound design for the ballroom was created by Kerstin Budde from the Hamburg theatrical engineering company THAT (Büro
für Theaterbetriebstechnik Holtz & Budde). Implementation of the design was taken on by Hamburg-based firm, Amptown Sound &
Communication GmbH, managed by Rüdiger Aue.
Sound reinforcement for the hall is all powered by CAMCO Tecton 38.4 and 32.4 amplifiers. The front-of-house system comprises one
cluster of 5x NEXO GEO S805s, 2x NEXO GEO S830s and 1x NEXO LS-1200 sub on each side. The Ethersound-based audio network
consists of an Auvitran AVY16-ES card in a Yamaha DME-24N and 2x NEXO NX242 TDcontrollers fitted an NXTEnsion-ES4 card.
Apart from the very good price/performance ratio of the system, the fact that signal distribution in the eight zones could be
carried out via Ethersound was one of the main reasons for choosing Amptown's solution.
After the successful installation of the sound system, Amptown's Rüdiger Aue explained that, "for us, it was the first
Ethersound installation and everything worked perfectly, thanks to the technical support provided by CAMCO's Norbert Sangermann.
The architectural conditions meant that the subbass units had to be installed on special mountings above the arrays. In
co-operation with CAMCO, we managed to put together a solution that worked very well. The complicated spray painting work and the
housings on the basses were really worth all the effort. Our customer is very satisfied."
For further information contact:
Amptown Sound & Communication GmbH
THAT Büro für Theaterbetriebstechnik Holtz & Budde