To take account of growing interest in the sport, a new arena, the Qatar Cricket Stadium, was built recently in Doha, complete with an Electro-Voice sound system.
For the audio installation, operators at the 13,000-seat ground commissioned Doha-based specialist Helmet Trading and Contracting for the job. After conducting a variety of tests and head-to-head comparisons, the company opted – with the full agreement of the stadium management – for a sound reinforcement solution from Electro-Voice.
There were several reasons for this decision, as Mahmoud Fahmawi, Helmet Trading and Contracting’s project manager, explained: “First of all, the quality of Electro-Voice equipment is outstanding; secondly, it represents the finest possible value for money; and thirdly, after a whole series of prestige installations in sporting venues throughout the world, Electro-Voice has an unassailable lead in the field of stadium sound reinforcement. Tony Sawyer from Electro-Voice’s Tech Support Team was present to share his advice and expertise with us during the tuning of the system. This enabled us not only to do the job right, but also to have the system up and running ahead of the tight deadline.”
The bulk of the installation is made up of 45 Sx600 loudspeakers from Electro-Voice set up as a dual element vertical line array. These are complemented in the VIP area by six Sx300 cabinets, with twelve Electro-Voice CPS 4.10 and one CPS 8.5 amplifier providing the power. The installation is governed by an Electro-Voice NetMax N8000 digital matrix controller, which controls and supervises every signal remotely. Thanks to the use of IRIS-Net software, a custom-designed graphic user interface provides the operator with instant access to all key parameters. It also offers a simple way of applying digital signal processing or eq to the various signals.
In the commentary booth, a CMS 1600 mixing console from Electro-Voice’s sister company Dynacord is now present, alongside an REV wireless microphone system from Electro-Voice.
“For the time being, the stadium is uniquely a venue for cricket matches,” added Fahmawi, “but because of the rave reviews the facilities are attracting, there is talk now of broadening its use. Not only the architecture, but also the equipment installed in the stadium commend it as an attractive alternative for a variety of other events, and the numerous enquiries the stadium operators have been receiving make it likely that, while cricket matches will continue to make up its core business, there will soon be other strings in the Qatar Cricket Stadium’s bow.”
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