“I have done a lot of touring and worked with both the HDL 10-A and HDL 20-A in places like Motherwell and Stamford Corn Exchange. We needed a punchy system and I wanted a line array. I’ve always had a good experience with Pearce and they knew I liked the HDL range. Given the constraints on space and the need for it to be flown high in view of the pros arch, they proposed the HDL 6-A as a budget conscious option.”
Andy Howling takes up the story. “Although the HDL 6-A had already been specified when I arrived, I have worked with RCF previously and it was great to be working again with such a key loudspeaker manufacturer. This fitted the bill nicely given the space and budget parameters.”
The installation is based around six HDL 6-A elements in two Left/Right hangs while a further centre cluster comprises two HDL 6-A and a pair of active HDL 12-AS flyable subwoofers. With its 100° coverage pattern, the design fills the space perfectly, since the awkwardly-shaped room is wider than it is long. Indeed the facility required industry-leading technology, since students learn all aspects of theatre work, including dance, as well as design, lighting, sound, stage management, wardrobe, make-up and front of house.
Each year Oakham School supports students through the audition process for the National Youth Theatre, universities or specialist drama schools, such as RADA, LAMDA and Guildhall and enjoys great success in this area.
Phil Norton says the new system has certainly justified his faith in RCF’s popular line array platform. “We’ve now run several productions on the new system, and it’s made a massive difference. We now have even distribution and the HDL 6-A delivers the same sound to every seat.”
“It was great to be working again with such a key loudspeaker manufacturer.” Andy Howling