Kirchner Center Argentina
D.A.S. systems at the Kirchner Cultural Center in Buenos Aires
D.A.S. Audio and its professional sound systems are now part of the spectacular features of the highly-anticipated new Kirchner Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This venue is a full-service facility that can host an entire range of artistic and cultural events. The center, housed in the monumental former Palacio de Correos y Telégrafos (Central Post Office), has been completely revamped and the new music halls and exhibition venues have been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
One of the center’s most iconic spaces is La Cúpula, or dome. While the general structure of this space was preserved during the renovation, the dome’s original slate roof was replaced by glass that can be lit with computer-controlled LED lights. This roughly 500 m² space boasts a raised stage complete with a light and sound truss featuring D.A.S. Audio professional sound systems.
Spanish company Auditel, with its strong presence in Latin America, was responsible for designing, supplying and installing the sound reinforcement system at the new center. Auditel technicians decided to draw from D.A.S. Audio’s ample product catalog, installing a main system of 12 ultra-compact D.A.S. Aero 8A line array systems in two linear hangs of six system on either side of the stage. These compact yet powerful line arrays were matched by four powered D.A.S. LX-212RA subwoofers for the crucial low-frequency punch.
After analyzing the unique characteristics of the entirely glass-covered dome, the technicians opted to fly the subwoofers behind the Aero 8A systems in a cardioid configuration. This set-up minimizes the visual impact of the systems and avoids excessive low-frequency reverb, an issue that could negatively affect the sound quality.
The system is controlled by a D.A.S. DSP-2060A digital signal processor with three independent signal outputs. Two of these outputs are dedicated to the line arrays, one for short throw and another for long throw, while the third controls the subwoofers. This set-up ensures uniform sound coverage throughout the entire audience area, from the down-in-front seats to those located farthest from the stage.
La Cúpula has been designed to host a variety of cultural activities, including musical performances and plays, with room for 260 seats as well as a bench along the perimeter for increased audience seating. The venue is one of the most outstanding features of the revamped Kirchner Cultural Center, which now boasts over 100,000 m² of space.