We have recently completed an audio installation for one of our clients outside their beautiful home, in the garden and front drive.
Our client is passionate about music and already has an exceptional home audio system, so we needed to provide a system which would sound fantastic but also fit in to its surroundings and almost disappear into the background. When it could be seen, it should look as good as it sounds. Given that this is an outdoor setting, we needed a system capable of withstanding the worst weather that Yorkshire can throw at a loudspeaker.
Having a wealth of manufacturers’ products available to us, we looked to Void Acoustics for their Cyclone series. They are IP55 rated, with marine grade stainless steel grills, sealed cable entry and UV resistant colour finish. We chose Cyclone 55 as it’s a physically small enclosure, so was easy to make it disappear and where is can be seen, the high gloss finish looks clean and subtle. For the garden, it is a large area to cover, but as huge SPL wasn’t required, multiple speaker positions were chosen to provide even coverage throughout and to minimise spill to adjacent properties.
The Cyclone 55 is an impressive full range loudspeaker and for most of the site this was more than adequate, but for the area nearest to the house which gets the most use, we felt that real low end would make the project really stand out. Two Cyclone Bass loudspeakers were used to cover this area. Again, these are fully weatherproof.
Void have their own Powersoft platform amplifiers and this project used two Bias Q2 and one Bias D1 amplifiers giving ten channels of very high-quality DSP and amplifier power. All configuration for the speakers themselves is performed using the Armonia software, accepting Void’s FIR presets for the speakers.
We used a Symetrix Solus NX 8×8 for all inputs, routing configurations and to allow IP remote control for our client to be able to turn each area up and down. The system is configured to provide stereo where it can be appreciated and mono sum everywhere else. Using basic measurements and then careful listening tests, we applied some time alignment and volume shading, so that where more than one speaker could be heard in the same place whilst walking through the garden, there is no noticeable time alignment error. The Cyclone 55s in stereo above the Cyclone bass are run as high pass at 80 Hz, while all other Cyclone 55 are run as full range.