An Allen & Heath AHM-64 matrix processor provides the backbone for a recently completed audio makeover at Gregers, a bustling multi-purpose venue in Hamar, Norway.
Occupying a former fire station in the centre of Hamar, Gregers is famed as a 400-capacity live music destination, hosting some 100 concerts each year. By day the venue caters for everything from seminars and meetings to full corporate events, requiring a high degree of flexibility. Recognising the need to upgrade its audio system to accommodate both the expectations of visiting sound engineers and the ever-changing day-to-day needs of its own team, Gregers turned to Benum Norway for a contemporary solution.
Benum Norway’s Daniel Glaister took the lead on the project and quickly identified the new Allen & Heath AHM-64 as the ideal audio distribution hub for all the venue’s audio. Taking full advantage of the ecosystem surrounding AHM-64, Gregers’ staff have several tiers of control to employ, starting from the one-knob IP1 wallplate for simple level control and source selection in different zones. Benum Norway also tailored A&H’s Custom Control app to give different users the right level of control from their smartphones, tablets and laptops. For smaller live events, an IP8 remote controller offers easy, hands-on mixing in an ultra-compact format.
“The system practically runs itself; the team have the tools they need to comfortably handle everything from background music upwards,” Daniel reflects. “The leap in audio quality is also instantly noticeable. There is masses of headroom and great coverage right throughout the venue. Gregers is now a fully equipped, modern cultural venue, which is exactly the outcome they set out to achieve.”
Visiting sound engineers will be pleased to find an industry standard dLive system for mixing live bands, comprising a C3500 surface and a CDM64 MixRack onstage. The AHM-64 allows Gregers to safely and easily accommodate touring artists who choose to bring their own consoles. Benum Norway also supplied a full Adamson PA and Lab Gruppen amplifiers, with all systems connected via Dante.