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The O2 Academy Bristol has received a new audio system, installed in conjunction with Liverpool-based company Adlib.

The O2, which is owned by Academy Music Group, now boasts a high-spec, in-house system to rival those installed at other AMG venues.

The main auditorium is 24 metres wide and 14 metres deep, with an audience area split over two levels. AMG says it was a challenge to spread sound evenly across the balcony area.

The positioning of the main PA arrays was revised with the assistance of UK Rigging, co-ordinated alongside the installation of new steelwork in the roof.

The main hangs comprise seven L-Acoustics KARA speakers with low frequency support from four SB18s. A further eight SB18s have been positioned beneath the main hangs, set into the stage.

O2 Academy Bristol’s technical manager Mickey Spillane commented: “We knew we had to fully-spec the system to facilitate the sheer variation of trade, from production-heavy club nights to the biggest international touring artists, and in all cases the feedback has been fantastic.”

The upgrade also included a new monitor system and a new cable infrastructure, as well as two DiGiCo SD12 consoles.

The consultation process was very important, says Adlib’s Roger Kirby: “We all went to great lengths to establish the main priorities for O2 Academy Bristol, and the nuances of the environment. We listened to those who work there every day.”

Photo credit: Jim Ellam

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