Officina Pasolini Arts and Culture Centre completes QSC upgrade

Officina Pasolini, named after the famous Italian film director, poet, novelist and intellectual playwright Pier Paolo Pasolini, has installed a completely new QSC sound system as part of a total renovation of its 200-seat auditorium.

The Rome-based venue is a centre for arts and culture in all forms, including theatre, film, music and multimedia. A project of "Regione Lazio" with FSE, Officina Pasolini provides higher education courses in music, drama and theatre studies, as well as hosting a wide range of public events such as conferences, arts and literary festivals, photo exhibitions, and both classical and contemporary music performances.

The facility is now utilising a QSC KLA Series active line array loudspeaker system, with additional K Series active loudspeakers for stage monitors and sidefills.

Responsibility for finding a suitable replacement for the auditorium’s old sound reinforcement system fell to artist and composer Piero Fabrizi, who is a head tutor and supervisor at the venue. As part of his enquiries, he contacted Roberto Marchesi, pro audio manager at Exhibo S.p.A., who distribute several brands in Italy including QSC.

After much deliberation and exploration of various options with Exhibo, a QSC system was designed for Officina Pasolini, which included KLA12 active line array elements, flown as three pairs in a LCR configuration. The Centre cluster is located in the middle of the audience seating area and delayed to time-align it with the LR elements. A supplementary pair of QSC K8 Active loudspeakers is used as sidefills to provide better coverage for the first two rows in the auditorium, and eight additional K10 Active speakers are also used as stage monitors.

We were impressed by the sound quality and linearity of the KLA system

– Alessandro Greggia, music lecturer

"We chose the QSC system for several important reasons," explained Alessandro Greggia, a tutor and lecturer on the vocal and musical courses at the institute. "Firstly, we were impressed by the sound quality and linearity of the KLA system, and its ability to perform well in the venue and the cost/benefit ratio of the new system was very attractive. In addition, Exhibo and QSC gave us a very high standard of planning assistance and support for the new system.”

The new KLA line array system has proved popular with staff, students and visitors alike. "The QSC system has met our requirements perfectly," Greggia added. "And ever since we chose it, we always receive many compliments about the sound quality at our events."