Creative Technology Middle East (CTME) has completed the installation of a new L-Acoustics touring audio system at the Etihad Abu Dhabi Arena. With the stadium being the largest indoor entertainment venue in the Middle East, CTME was chosen as one of only three companies in the world to boast L-Acoustics Approved Calibration Centre (ACC) and Certified Partner Integrations (CPI) credentials. The team worked closely with the French manufacturer’s applications team throughout the modelling phase.
As the venue plans to host a wide range of events, the audio design had to consider multiple configurations to suit various productions from indoor concerts to sporting events and more. “CTME delivered the L-Acoustics system on behalf of the arena and also verified, tested, installed and calibrated the equipment, making sure the system was responding as per the design,” explained CTME’s systems integration project manager, Craig Harvey.
As part of the design, CTME also installed a delay system consisting of five hangs of six KARA designed to work alongside any configuration. The complete touring audio solution consisted of 36 K2 and 30 KARA, 12 K1-SB and 16 KS28 subs. Power was from 11 A-RAK II complete with 43 LA12X Amplified Controllers.
The signal transportation was handled over an Optocore system, with all networking taken care of with Luminex Switches. “The networking gave us the capability of being able to transport analogue, AES or ABV signals to all the amplifiers,” noted Harvey. “CTME offers a complete installation service from design and equipment procurement through to installing and configuring the system, providing our clients with high-quality equipment accompanied by professional engineers who understand how to use it and maximise the system potential. Our ability to simulate these system designs before installation allows our clients to visualise the final result before making a purchase.”