Electro-Voice powers Biathlon World Cup 2013

An Electro-Voice (EV) sound system was chosen for this season’s Biathlon World Cup, which was held in Ruhpolding, Germany.

During the five days of competition, some 70,000 spectators visited the Chiemgau Arena in Upper Bavaria to watch the world’s elite biathletes in action.

Traunstein-based Musik Mayer was once again employed as general contractor, and commissioned MSE-Tontechnik of Stubenberg to plan and implement the sound reinforcement solution for the main grandstand, which recently underwent a major refurbishment in time for the Championships, and now seats 13,000 spectators.

MSE MD Johannes Schilling and his team relied on 30 EV XLD281 line array elements, split between five arrays of six modules each. These were driven by EV TG-7 amplifiers equipped with RCM-26 modules.

“The horizontal dispersion pattern of the XLD281 elements with their 120-degree coverage suited us nicely in view of the length of the grandstand,” explained Schilling. “With these, as opposed to cabinets with a narrower dispersion angle, we were able to provide continuous coverage of the entire stand using relatively few towers.”

“Thanks to the IRIS-Net software, we had a rounded system that was easy to configure, and with the integrated DSP functionality of the RCM-26 amp modules and the graphic user interface provided by the IRIS-Net platform, we could very quickly load the required loudspeaker presets into the power amplifiers.

"The Project Generator offered us a simple and quick means of configuring the system to our specific needs without having to waste valuable time creating the graphical user interfaces from scratch. Another outstanding feature is that IRIS-Net provides continuous remote supervision whenever the system is in operation.”

The resistance of the system to the harsh environmental conditions was another major consideration. “Rain, snow, freezing temperatures, ice, sunshine… – we had them all this year,” Schilling recalled, “but despite the capricious weather, we didn’t suffer a single system failure.”

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