Liverpool-based company Adlib, known for providing everything required for all forms of live entertainment production, have supplied audio and lighting design, equipment and installation to three venues in Liverpool. The three venues run by the Liverpool Guild of Students (LGoS) are part of a refurbishment and upgrade project initiated by the University of Liverpool.

This zealous plan was carried out over two years to improve the use of space, functionality and to upgrade the Guild & Reilly Building which is central to the University campus. The project involved technical revamping for the three venues, Mountford Hall, the Stanley Theatre and The Courtyard.

For Adlib, this has included design and installation of a comprehensive power and cabling infrastructure, provision of L-Acoustics and Coda audio systems, together with production lighting rigs featuring more premium brands like Robe, Martin by Harman and ETC and the development of a custom IGUS cable management solution with Lift-Turn-Move (LTM), also based locally, supplying hoists and motor control. Adlib specified Prolyte truss to complete the rigging package.

Adlib was early into the project to have an input into certain construction-related elements of the building’s redevelopment which related to the production areas via structural engineers (OPUS) which resulted in additional weight loading being made available for flown trusses and lighting and sound systems in Mountford Hall. The room was fully acoustically modeled by Adlib and L-Acoustics before the components were chosen to give the optimum clear and sonically uniform coverage around the 2300 capacity venue.

Adlib’s design is a touring grade system and the current universal popularity confirmed by their own busy rental department of L-Acoustics was one factor in choosing the Kara PA system for Mountford Hall. The speaker set up is fully flexible and can be adapted to different configurations, offering a cost-effective long term solution.

Nine Kara speakers are flown left and right of the stage with three SB18 subs hung behind each array. These are complimented by eight ground-stacked SB28 subs along the front of the stage.

Four L-Acoustics ARCS Wides are available for fills and 12 of Adlib’s legendary MP4 low profile wedges were supplied for monitors together with an Adlib 215DS drum sub. Balcony delays are provided via four ARCS Focus speakers, one 12XTi and two 8XTis.

All the L-Acoustics elements are powered by proprietary LA8 and LA4X amplifiers and the Adlib speakers by Crown XTi 6002s. System processing is provided via a BSS Soundweb London BLU-160 networked processors.

For control, Soundcraft consoles were chosen – again – for specification and its reputation for reliability as well as offering great sound, intuitive user interface and adaptability, with a Vi3000 console for FOH and a Vi1 for monitors.

The PA arrays and the lighting trusses are both flown on LTM’s LoadGuard motors and their respective cabling run and supported via a custom IGUS e-Chain and e-Spool cable management system.