Our scope was to design and engineer the acoustical response of the arena to ensure it was suitably matched to our loudspeaker system design concepts and the overall design intent for the show.
The goal was to create an immersive environment that felt like a large-venue concert experience but delivered excellent intelligibility and audience engagement. We used a combination of acoustical treatment and electronic acoustic enhancement to create the acoustic environment.
The wall treatment consisted of 80% coverage of 5 of the 6 walls with 100mm material for broadband absorption. The reat wall to the stage is a high definition LED screen and is the only wall without treatment.
The ceiling treatment consists of 65% coverage of the total ceiling area in the arena again with the 100mm broadband absorption material.
L-ACOUSTICS AMBIANCE ACTIVE ACOUSTICS
ABBA Arena is the first commercial deployment of L-Acoustics Ambiance active acoustics. The system consists of 16 room microphones processed using four L-Acoustics P1 Processors.
The system is used to provide early and late regenerative energy into the space using mainly the surround and overhead loudspeakers.
The people and companies that made it happen.
A huge thanks to Ludvig, Svana and Nick for getting us involved in the project. Please see below for detailed credits.
The acoustic design and engineering was completed by Scott Willsallen and Luis Miranda.
Thanks to L-Acoustics for thier support in implementing the Ambiance system.
ABBA VOYAGE CREDITS
Aniara Creative: Producer – Svana Gisla, Producer – Ludvig Andersson, Director – Baille Walsh, Line Producer – Josh Barwick, ILM Movement Director – Ben Morris, VFX creative director – Nikki Penny, Choreographer – Wayne McGregor, Musical Director – Martin Lowe, Instrument Director – Philip Adams.
Production: Technical Producer – Nick Levitt, Technical Director – Joe Frisina, Head of Infrastructure – Chris Hey, Rigging Consultant – Jon Bray
Design: Design and Engineering Consultants – Jeremy Lloyd (Wonder Works), Venue Architects Alicia Tkacz (Stufish Entertainment Architects), Visual Consultant – Mathieu Debay (Tetro), Audio Design – Scott Willsallen (Auditoria), Video Technical Director – Anthony Bezencon (VYV), Lighting Director – Fredrik Stormby (Greenwall), Kinetic Design – Christopher Bauder (White Void), Laser Design – Michael Sollinger, Laser Design & Programming – Sascha Kwasny (Tarm Show Laser)
Venue: Construction – Tony Wheeler & James Lee (ESG), Technical design – Andy Prescott (ESG), Structural Engineering – Ewa Hazla & Aran Chadwick (Atelier One), Concourse construction – Stage One
Suppliers: Systems Supplier – Ian Woodall & Paul McCauley (Solotech), Kinetics – Florian Fink (White Void), Lasers supplier #1 – Michael Sollinger, Lasers supplier #2 – Sascha Kwasny (Tarm Show Laser), Rigging – Mike Goodwin & Calum Willoughby (Unusual Rigging), Automation & Stage – Geert Stockmans (WiCreations), LED Screen Wall Hardware – Brecht Moreels (Twenty-Three), Soft Goods Auditorium Wall – Tom Lambert (Black Out), Soft Goods Roll Drops – Daphne Cosquer (ShowTex), Custom stage barrier – Anthony Sinclair (EPS), Carpentry – Liam Hill (Coldharbour Industries)