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LIPA chooses Neumann For New Spaces

Victoria Wasylak • MMR GlobalSupplier Scene • January 24, 2020

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) has enjoyed success across its array of course offerings since it was founded in 1996. In sound technology the institute is pushing forward into the future by developing new facilities and new courses that address emerging media formats and delivery platforms. Part of that plan includes building new TV production facilities and a 7.1.4 Atmos Home Entertainment studio. Neumann monitors have been confirmed as the monitor of choice across all the new spaces, continuing a long-standing and successful partnership between LIPA and Neumann parent company Sennheiser.

Jon Thornton is the head of sound technology at LIPA and has been involved in specifying the new studios. He explains that one of the main motivators for choosing Neumann across the facility was consistency: “At least one set of monitors in each of our six main studios are Neumanns – either the KH 310, 120, or 410 models. Even though they are very different products and have different capabilities, there’s a shared response across the range, so as students move from studio to studio what they’re hearing remains consistent. That consistency and variety is important for learning about and understanding monitoring.”

The new 7.1.4 Atmos studio was the first of the new facilities to be completed in January, with a structural refit of an existing room by UBE Service and integration by Studio Care, Liverpool. The left, right and centre monitors are Neumann KH 310 tri-amplified near-field units, while the surround, rear, and height speakers are Neumann KH 120s. The subwoofer is a Neumann KH 810.

Choosing Neumann for this room in particular draws on Thornton’s previous experience with 5.1 rooms at LIPA: “We found that the monitors had a very even response across the HF axis. For a lot of things we were doing in 5.1, that meant the monitoring sweet spot was really nice and easy to achieve. That’s just as important when stepping up to the immersive formats.”

The very practical issue of speaker placement was also a consideration, taken care of by Neumann’s extensive mounting hardware selection. “When you’re designing a facility like this, where and how you position those speakers is crucial.” says Thornton. “In a 7.1.4 space, it’s not always straight forward. There was a lot head scratching by our contractors when it came to creating geometric recesses in the ceiling for the height speakers… But there’s such an incredible array of mounting options for the speakers themselves, in the end it was very easy to get them in the right place and pointing in the right direction.”

The new TV facilities at LIPA have been designed by Whitemark Limited, with Aztec as contractors and systems integration by Wire Broadcast. The rooms include a new television production studio, gallery, and sound control room, plus another 5.1 post production studio.

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