116 Grote Street
• Project Management
The Promethean is Adelaide’s newest live music venue located within a beautifully renovated neo-gothic building. The venue was originally a church, and was then lured to the dark side, becoming the Liquor Trades Union meeting hall, before being turned over to the luvvies, acting as a theatre through the 1980s.
“The design for the Promethean stemmed from creating an atmosphere rather than a ‘look’ — it was all about ambience,” according to Julie from Koush Design who were engaged to transform the look of the venue. Kostas Psorakis from Osmond Electronics was responsible for designing and installing the PA system, choosing Electrovoice products. Kostas and Osmond’s Nicholas Filsell were the men who met the challenges of designing the audio in this old church and he was determined to fill the whole venue with sound but control the rampant acoustics of the space.
“I chose the Electrovoice X-Array 1122 speakers, as they’re a high performance, compact speakers which are proven performers,” explained Kostas. “The size of the boxes is phenomenal considering what they can do. I’ve doubled them up with the EV X38 processor and EV amps. I only have one box per side but that’s ample for this venue and they’re positioned so they can service both the balcony and downstairs audience space.” A Midas Venice 24-channel mixing console and outboard racks housing the usual Klark Teknik front-of-house graphic equalizers were also supplied. The monitor system comprises low-profile EV ZX1 boxes, which replaced Kostas’ initial monitor system of 12-inch Concert series EV boxes.
“Visiting engineers were getting too loud on the monitors,” he said. “You could hear them off stage, so I replaced them with the smaller ‘hot spot’ monitors. They work perfectly and everyone raves about them. They project really nicely and have a great, full-bodied sound to them. ”The Prom is a really nice venue, it’s a pleasure to work there and the sound you can pull is amazing. The sound projection onto the balcony is great. Visiting sound engineers are always amazed at the acoustic quality of the venue.”