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Reverberation System

Vivace og Vicello
QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A REVERBERATION SYSTEM?

A reverberation system vastly improves a room’s acoustics by providing a dynamic and flexible solution to acoustic challenges.

Strategically placed microphones and speakers communicate with an advanced acoustic processor to adjust for the unique qualities of a room, allowing the sound experience to be adjusted with the touch of a button and creating what sounds like the room’s natural reverberation.

Beyond achieving a vastly improved sound experience, the system also allows for maximum flexibility. A room can be tuned to the needs of the spoken word or a conversation, or adapted to the reverberation times of a choir or orchestra, giving the audience a better rendition of the instruments. Even large instruments, such as a grand piano or organ, achieve noticeable sound improvements as perceived by both the audience and the performer. With the enhancements added by a reverberation system, a space can finally achieve its full potential.

Müller-BBM

Audiens Norway is the exclusive distributor of Müeller-BBM’s reverberation system VIVACE and VICELLO in Norway. Müeller BBM is one of the world’s most-recognized acoustic consultancy firms. Their affordable reverberation systems can be found in performance spaces and venues worldwide.

FAQ

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More and more performers and conductors are asking event organizers and venues:

“Do you have a reverberation system?”

Performers, musicians, and users have had enough of the unnecessary challenges presented by dry, cluttered rooms when rehearsing or performing. Rehearsal time is precious, and no conductor wants to spend that time battling the challenges of noise and poor acoustics.

Bjørkelangen

In collaboration with HENT, we designed and adjusted a VIVACE system at Bjørkelangen Black Box, a hall with a multi-use stage that accommodates both voice and acoustic and amplified music.

Lørenskog Hus

We upgraded a Yamaha AFC13 sound installation to a VIVACE system that retains the existing loudspeaker investment while supplementing their installation with eight additional microphones.

Rommen Scene, Oslo

This venue upgraded their 2010 sound system to a VICELLO system in 2017, retaining their existing loudspeaker investment and adding eight additional microphones.

Vivace

  • Concert halls
  • Opera houses
  • Multipurpose halls
  • Theatres
  • Cathedrals

Vicello

  • Music schools
  • Meeting rooms
  • Auditoriums
  • Conference rooms
  • Churches

The Vicello system uses 16 processors.

Not convinced?

Visit our Soundlab!

Audiens has a large 232m2 facility in Skedsmokorset purpose-built to demonstrate the advantages of reverberation-control systems. Contact our consultant Jo Wang for an in-person demonstration and to become better acquainted with how a reverberation system can improve the experience at your venue—for all your users. Read more at the Audiens website.
What does a Vivace / Vicello system cost?
An investment in an electro-acoustic sound system must be seen in the context of what it allows: ideal acoustics for all types of events and performances, especially for events in which acoustic preparation is often an afterthought. In addition, there are cost savings as other audio installations and smaller PA systems are often no longer needed, especially for theater productions, seminars, choirs, bands, and other events. This also has the benefit  of improving the visual appearance of a performance space—all without sacrificing quality. Finally, every electro-acoustic installation is custom-tailored  to the unique aspects of your space, allowing you to present unsurpassed sound quality.

A VIVACE installation in a typical 350-seat venue is approximately 1.8 million NOK. A VICELLO system for smaller rooms such as auditoriums and churches typically runs 750k NOK.

How is an electro-acoustic system designed, and how does it work?
After the discreet installation of speakers and microphones, the system is fine-tuned to give the space the desired acoustic properties.  Pre-programmed settings afford the system complete control of the room’s acoustics. The installed microphones capture the reflected sounds from the room’s many surfaces, then feed that signal for processing through an amplifier array. Direct sound from the stage is handled by the processor matrix, then distributed to a given number of loudspeakers in proportion to the room’s size and acoustic properties.
Which do I need? VIVACE or VICELLO?
An installation depends on the size of the space. In smaller rooms, the need is often primarily for more reverberation. Here, a simple VICELLO system is recommended. This includes practice spaces and churches under 1,500m2. For larger spaces that require more extensive sound control, a VIVACE system is highly recommended.
Are their downsides?
An installation depends on the size of the space. In smaller rooms, the need is often primarily for more reverberation. Here, a simple VICELLO system is recommended. This includes practice spaces and churches under 1,500m2. For larger spaces that require more extensive sound control, a VIVACE system is highly recommended.
What do musicians and users have to say about working with a variable sound system?
They appreciate that vocal amplification systems and smaller PAs are often no longer necessary. In addition, the flexible nature of a variable sound system allows for 24-hour use of a space without extensive preparation, allowing a space to accommodate a variety of needs quickly, including study, practice, and performance. Given these advantages, it’s hardly surprising that more and more users are asking venues if they have a reverberation system in place.
What type of loudspeakers are used in the system?
We use a set of bespoke loudspeakers created by Müller BBM in collaboration with Fohhn Audio and tailored to the desired characteristics of a VIVACE/VICELLO system.

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Audiens Norge AS

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jo@audiens.no

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