Avengers: Endgame premiere looks to QSC for sound reinforcement

QSC recently provided sound for the world premiere of Avengers: Endgame on April 22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Premiere guests enjoyed a presentation of the highly anticipated film in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos using QSC loudspeakers, amplifiers, and signal processing featuring Q-SYS in a custom-built movie theatre.

Altogether, the system used ten WideLine 10 line array loudspeakers and three WL218-sw subwoofers per screen channel, totalling thirty WideLine 10’s, and nine WL218-sw’s suspended behind the 30 by 70-foot screen. Twelve SB-7218 double 18-inch subwoofers handled the extended low frequencies of the subwoofer channel.

The overhead speakers for Dolby Atmos immersive sound required sixteen SR-5152 loudspeakers, while an additional sixteen SR-5152 loudspeakers provided coverage on the left and right sides. For rear surround reinforcement, eight hangs of WideLine 8 Series line array loudspeakers covered eight channels. Each hang was five boxes deep with a WL212-sw sub.

In total, the installation consisted of 102 loudspeakers, 29 subwoofers, and an estimated 800,000 watts of power with over half a mile of networking cable.

Jon Graves from QSC and his team set up and tuned the system over the course of six days. The result was a premium movie theatre despite the acoustic challenges of a concrete-enclosed exhibit hall. The theatre seated over 2,000 guests using temporary stadium seating for optimal viewing. Q-SYS, the company’s software-based audio, video and control ecosystem, provided the distribution and processing backbone for the installation.

The theatre used three Q-SYS Core 500i Integrated processors and two Core 1100 Enterprise processors, allowing for network redundancy. With over 50 network amplifiers, Q-SYS was used to monitor all amplifiers and audio channels.

“Everyone who attended the premiere was impressed with the superior quality of the sound and picture, which fully immersed them in the cinematic experience,” said Michael Kern, VP Special Events Production at Walt Disney Studios.