entertainment • presentation • installation

Poland's Royal Castle upgrades to Iconyx

A 180-seat concert hall serves for lectures and conferences, together with recorded playback and live musical performances

21 September 2011

Poland - Two Iconyx digitally steerable loudspeaker systems and a building-wide digital audio network have been provided for Poland's most historic building by M. Ostrowski Company, system integrator and Renkus-Heinz distributor for Poland.

Built between 1518-1619 as the residence of Sigismund III Vasa of Poland, Warsaw's Royal Castle has a rich and turbulent history. An imposing Baroque building by the river Vistula, the castle was fought over and repeatedly plundered by the Brandenburgian and Swedish armies. Having been rebuilt several times in the 18th century, it was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in 1944.

Thirty years later, the fabric of the building had been reconstructed, and 1988 saw the entire refurbishment completed. The imposing façade, facing Castle Square, is 90m long, with Sigismund's Tower forming a magnificent centrepiece, flanked by two smaller spires at either end. The castle is now a national treasure, serving as a museum as well as a venue for major events such as official visits, state meetings, concerts and musical events.

Its magnificent 300 seat ballroom is a grand setting for these events, while a 180-seat concert hall serves for lectures and conferences, together with recorded playback and live musical performances. In both venues, clear speech intelligibility has proved to be an essential component - particularly during official events.

Designing and installing an audio system for this iconic venue demanded the attention of a top technical team. Leading Polish acoustician Tadeusz Fidecki PhD received a research grant from the Ministry of Science and Education for an experimental project to improve speech intelligibility with acoustical and electroacoustic treatments. Research into the ballroom's and concert hall's acoustics also became the subjects of several master theses at Warsaw University of Technology.

The building's interior - restored to its 18th-century grandeur with the aid of pre-war photographs - the ballroom's polished wood floor, mirrored and marble surfaces and its many windows amounted to a major acoustical headache.

"Given the materials used in the construction and refurbishment, as well as the sheer size of the halls, we knew the first task was to tackle the acoustics," said Tadeusz Fidecki. EASE, with the Aura module, was used to analyze the acoustics of both rooms, the team measuring an RT of over three seconds.

Renkus-Heinz's Polish distributor and system integrator, M. Ostrowski Company, were called in to provide system design, with a team headed by project and design manager Michal Poplawski and Tomasz Rudzki, scientist at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

A fully digital system was specified because of the long cable runs between the halls, control rooms and main system rack, and the team's desire to provide versatile routing. Multiple combination panels in each hall make patching-in simple, and two mobile racks provide great flexibility.

To address the acoustics without physically altering or treating the opulent interior, Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC16R digitally steerable arrays were specified for the ballroom, with two IC8R units covering the concert hall. Each Iconyx system is fed by redundant CobraNet inputs, which also allow an engineer to work with Renkus-Heinz's RHAON networking software via any combination panel. A Yamaha LS9-16 mixing console in each hall is equipped with an MY-16CII CobraNet interface card.

Given the lavish décor of each hall, it was also essential for the loudspeakers to blend in architecturally, and Renkus-Heinz finished the cabinets in a special colour, Oyster White. "The Iconyx are a perfectly architectural fit as they are almost invisible," says Poplawski, adding: "But most importantly, we're achieving STI results of about 0.65 in the main audience areas, despite the acoustics."

(Jim Evans)


Tag Cloud

Iconyx Poland digitally steerable digital audio building M. Ostrowski Company system integrator Renkus-Heinz distributor imposing castle several almost refurbishment long magnificent venue major events official musical ballroom concert hall both speech intelligibility essential team project acoustical acoustics interior Given used halls rooms provide design specified main combination CobraNet Poplawski

Related Stories from LSi Online

10 May 2013

Iconyx adds clarity to MannKind Pharmaceuticals

Iconyx adds clarity to MannKind PharmaceuticalsUSA - Besides their corporate headquarters in southern California, MannKind Pharmaceuticals maintains two other campuses, including their technical operations team, located in Danbury, CT. It's a busy campus, hosting ... More >>

11 December 2012

Iconyx delivers for aquatic centres

Iconyx delivers for aquatic centresCanada - For an audio professional, creating a sound system for a large aquatic centre is not a simple task. The combination of high walls, corrugated metal roofs, and an abundance of concrete, glass, and water makes ... More >>

27 November 2012

Renowned domed chapel Gets R-H upgrade

Renowned domed chapel Gets R-H upgradeUSA - Sinsinawa is a Native American term for 'rattlesnake' or 'home of the young eagle'. But Sinsinawa Mound, Wisconsin is better known as the home of the Congregation of Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. Since 1847, more ... More >>

1 November 2012

Sweden's Lund Cathedral expands with Iconyx

Sweden's Lund Cathedral expands with IconyxSweden - Lund Cathedral in Sweden, the country's oldest and largest church and which dates back to 1080, has expanded its permanently installed RHAON-equipped Iconyx digitally steerable system with the addition of a ... More >>

25 October 2012

Iconyx helps St. Joseph focus the message

Iconyx helps St. Joseph focus the messageUSA - St Joseph Parish in Needham, MA has been a part of this community for more than 100 years, beginning with a humble wooden church in 1894 and expanding its campus over the years to include a convent, elementary ... More >>

Iconyx helps renew Reno church

Renkus-Heinz reinforces Kansas Kauffman Centre

Iconyx breathes life into Eden Courtyard

Iconyx gives Initiatives of Change a clear hearing

Oklahoma City Church switches to Iconyx

Chicago's College Church installs Iconyx IC2

Donam-Dong church installs Iconyx

Iconyx blends in at First United Methodist

Classic Chicago church installs Iconyx

Renkus-Heinz gears up for Frankfurt

Greater Beth-El Temple renovates with Iconyx

Renkus-Heinz IC2 demos at WFX and Winspear

Renkus-Heinz launches Iconyx update

St Joseph's upgrades with Renkus-Heinz

Renkus-Heinz reinforces Dallas opera house

View AllRelated Stories from LSi Magazine

May 2012May 2012

Page 60: either indoors or out wwwrcfit RenkusHeinz shows IconyxICRMkII With the IconyxICRMkII digitally steerable

October 2011October 2011

Page 48: , digitally steerable loudspeaker system. Combining existing Iconyx steerable technology with the power

May 2011May 2011

Page 70: and flexibility of Iconyx digitally steerable technology with the power and focus of a point source loudspeaker

November 2010 - 25th AnniversaryNovember 2010 - 25th Anniversary

Page 68: Martin Audio line array PA has been augmented by a new Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally beam-steered speech

Page 10: of complaints immensely. But now with the Iconyx system we hardly get any complaints about speech either

Page 69: . But now with the Iconyx system we hardly get any complaints about speech either, because the perception

October 2010October 2010

Page 61: steerable array series of loudspeakers in the form of IC2 The system combines Iconyx steerable technology

July 2010July 2010

Page 49: venuefeature wwwlsionlinecouk Above clockwise from top left views of City Hall showing the Iconyx

Page 33: a big statement of late with Iconyx IC Live a portable version of its IC7 and ICX7 fixed installation

Page 51: • Those asymmetrically rigged Iconyx The flown Iconyx cabinets are derigged frequently to keep them out

More Results from LSi Magazine >>

Related Videos from LSi's Video Hub

We were unable to find relevant videos, but please visit LSi's Video Hub for our industry video content, such as product demos, training, interviews, backstage, seminars, events and more...

Video Hub >>

View AllNews Archive

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999



harlequin flooring



Most Technical

Artistic Licence

XL Video

Electric Cable