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GLD & QU @ KRAKOW ARENA

Allen&Heath Case Study

The Requirement

Kraków Arena is the biggest in Poland and one of the most modern entertainment halls and sports venues in the world. The building grabs attention with a gigantic 500 metre wide LED screen on the exterior of the main hall. There are two halls inside the complex – the large main hall and a smaller secondary one. The main hall is primarily a huge arena with flexible seating to accommodate events of any scale. The total capacity is close to 20,000 people, with seating for 15,000. The Arena hosts a wide variety of sports events, exhibitions, conferencesand trade fairs.
Konsbud Audio won the contract to supply the sound system, which complements the voice alarm system.

The Solution

Konsbud chose three Allen & Heath digital mixers to meet Kraków Arena’s needs. The main console is a GLD-80, located in the control room of the main hall. The GLD-80 is used for mixing and signal distribution between all audio systems. There are also two Qu-16 mixers: one in a mobile rack that can be used on the floor of the main hall, and another in the control room in the smaller hall.
The audio signals from different parts of the venue are fed to the GLD-80 via AR84 and AR2412 AudioRacks, which communicate via the dSnake protocol. The mobile Qu-16 is also compatible with the AudioRacks, giving it the flexibility to act as a secondary mixer or as the main mixer, managing the whole system. Thanks to the Qu-Pad and GLD OneMix apps the users also have the ability to control the mixers via iPad from anywhere in the hall. The inaugural event for the Kraków Arena was a volleyball World League match between Poland and Brazil in June 2014, one of a number of international volleyball matches held in the venue. Upcoming concerts to be held in the Arena feature world renowned artists such as Michael Bublé, Ennio Morricone, Slash, Katy Perry, Brian Adams, Paul Simon & Sting, Mark Knopfler, Elton John and André Rieu. Although Kraków Arena has only been in operation for a few months, it has already gained an excellent reputation as a modern, well equipped venue.