SSE Sales has installed a new sound system as part of a major refurbishment and re-opening of the Palace in Tamworth.
The Palace, formerly the Palace Cinema, was a music venue and media centre run by Tamworth Borough Council until it was forced to close more than two years ago.
It now reopens after local businessman Leigh Cheneler bought the building and has spent over a million pounds to make it into a top live music venue.
The new sound system for the 600-seat auditorium was designed by ex-UB40 and Magnum sound engineer Alan Caves, in association with SSE Audio Group.
The system is based around the Nexo Geo-S line arrays, with six S805/ S830 per side and two S2 2x18 subs powered by Camco Tecton amplifiers and includes SSE 12PM wedge monitors with Crown XTI amplifiers.
A Yamaha M7CL 48-channel Digital console provides the front of house and monitor mixes.
The venue has opened its doors for a number of local bands as the new system is tuned and acoustic insulation is completed. The official opening is due in February 2007 and is all set to become an important venue for touring bands.
Commenting on the new system, Alan Caves said: “It sounds really good, even before we’ve completed the acoustic treatment. Also the small profile hangs mean that there are no sightline obstructions for the whole audience.”
General Manager Chris Lynch added: We want bands to love playing here and we want to give the customers the very best aural and visual performance they have ever experienced”.
With a state of the art digital console installed, the venue will also have a role to play in education and training for local young people. Opportunities for training in live sound production are planned in association with local colleges.
Pictured above, L to R: Richard Tattersall (House Engineer), Leigh Cheneler (Venue Owner), Chris Lynch (General Manager), Alan Caves (Consultant) and Rich Willis (SSE Sales Manager).
Released on 20th December 2006 (Ref. GP)