DiGiCo’s Quantum technology unites state-of-the-art audio network in new flagship concert hall in Poland
Poland – The recently built Cavatina Hall in Poland was designed with an emphasis on vision rather than budget and the ambition to become a historic center on the cultural map of Europe. The six-storey multifunctional site offers retail and entertainment facilities over 9,000 m². of Class A office space, a chamber music hall, a state-of-the-art recording studio and the highlight of the construction, a 1,000-seat concert hall. The room is equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, integrated into a sophisticated and extensive digital and analog audio network, streamlined and managed by DiGiCo’s elite range Quantum 338 digital consoles.
The project started in 2018, conceptualized by one of Poland’s largest real estate development companies, Cavatina Holding. Located in the town of Bielsko-Biała in southern Poland, the shell-shaped building with glass facade became an instant architectural beauty and now houses the offices of the holding company and associated companies, as well as facilities state-of-the-art entertainment.
“We can confidently say that Cavatina Hall is one of the best facilities of its type in the world, combining the commercial industry with the promotion of art in a unique and modern building”, explains Katarzyna Pytlarczyk, CEO of the Foundation. Fiducia, the administrator of Cavatina Salle. “Our goal was to provide the highest quality experience for our audience. Providing a seamless and flexible environment for any performer and any show, where equipment can be easily updated as technology evolves, was one way to achieve this goal. It is the audience that is most important to us.
With over 20 years of experience in high-level AV installations, Warsaw-based Audio Plus was appointed as the technical contractor, knowledgeable in the selection of cutting-edge technology and providing expert support throughout the design complex. The Audio Plus team was invited to participate in the project from start to finish, to ensure the successful integration of all stage technology systems.
“The concert hall has been designed for ultimate flexibility and the technology is ready for any event. All types of music can be produced perfectly, whether the hall hosts symphonic and chamber concerts or pop and rock performances,” explains Tomasz Ibrom, Installation Engineer at Audio Plus, responsible for the Cavatina installation. “When we were asked to manage the audiovisual installation, we knew that this project would not be just another installation. We wanted to design the sound technology of the future,” recalls Sylwester Wojcieszek, designer at SDST.pl, the deputy dealing with the technological design of Audio Plus.
The Cavatina team went to great lengths to ensure the correct specification, consulting the materials with the acoustics department of the Warsaw Institute of Building Technology and reviewing the technology design at the London office of theater consultants and in acoustics, Sound Space Vision. Therefore, the acoustics of the concert hall are mastered at the highest level and the technology follows this approach. The high-tech AV infrastructure is distilled into a hybrid digital/analog network, which runs on an Optocore fiber platform, powering an expansive L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal sound system, one of the most Europe’s largest, and operated from four different sound engineer stations, manned by a pair of traveling DiGiCo Quantum 338 consoles.
“With over 40 custom-made breakout boxes, the Hall’s audio network enables the transmission of signals from anywhere to anywhere, in any existing format,” says Ibrom. “And the multiple engineered stations allow for a multitude of configuration scenarios to optimize acoustic placement and seating arrangements, depending on the occasion.
“Not only is DiGiCo the leading brand in mixing consoles and the Quantum range its most exclusive, but it is also highly compatible with a multitude of other brands in the audio chain. Quantum’s easy integration with the Optocore network and immersive L-ISA technology provides complete and simple control in what is a complex and comprehensive system design.
L-Acoustics’ L-ISA source control functionality is natively integrated into DiGiCo’s Quantum consoles, allowing L-ISA’s object-based mixing technology to be added to the console’s control surface. With L-ISA/DiGiCo integration, up to 96 input channels can be designated as L-ISA channels, each allowing the engineer to control pan, width, distance and elevation, as well as a designated auxiliary send, for any given L-ISA source object directly from the mixing console. All L-ISA settings can be stored in Quantum’s powerful snapshot engine and recalled in the same way as other console settings.
“One of the largest immersive systems in Europe, the L-Acoustics L-ISA system includes the installation of 141 remarkable loudspeakers around the room, operating in a 360-degree area. L-ISA’s seamless integration into DiGiCo consoles means sound engineers can use a familiar workflow on an industry-leading console to easily and intuitively manage the room’s expansive immersive environment,” comments Sylwester. Wojcieszek.
“The DiGiCo consoles are really at the heart of this amazing progressive audio system,” concludes Ibrom. “Not only are they undoubtedly rider-friendly, but effortless compatibility with Optocore and L-ISA ensures every event runs smoothly and cleanly. We’re proud to know that our innovative approach to design, helped by selecting today’s best technology, has established Cavatina Hall as a benchmark in concert sound.