This scope of dramatic moods is supported sonically through variable acoustics generated by a permanently installed ConstellationR acoustic system from Meyer Sound.
A daring stage adaptation of Sylvester Stallone's iconic film, ROCKY - Das
New York Times that his goal for the production was "to combine the intimate
and the epic." This scope of dramatic moods is supported sonically through
variable acoustics generated by a permanently installed ConstellationR
acoustic system from Meyer Sound.
With an investment of nearly $20 million by Germany's Stage Entertainment
GmbH, Rocky is staged in Hamburg's 1,400-seat Operettenhaus, a Stage
Entertainment-owned theatre with excellent technical amenities but very dry
"I started discussing Constellation with technical management at Stage
Entertainment early in the project," says sound designer Peter Hylenski. "As
the design for the show came together, it quickly became evident that
Constellation would be playing not only a technical role in enhancing room
sound, but also an artistic role by providing enhanced 'environments' to
match specific locales in the story."
According to Hylenski, the Constellation system realizes a dramatic,
two-fold enhancement of his sound design. "As an acoustic enhancement
system, even the slightest addition seems to 'lift the sound off the page'
by giving more depth and excitement to the room," he says. "But we also use
it as an environmental simulator. Two examples are scene where Rocky is
punching sides of beef in the meat locker-using short, hard early
reflections-and the final fight scene with long pre-delays to create the
feeling of an arena. It's exciting and theatrical, yet it sounds incredibly
The permanent Constellation system at the Operettenhaus is built around the
Meyer Sound D-MitriR digital audio platform with two core processors, a core
matrix unit, and nine digital and analog I/O units. Four DVRAS modules
generate early reflections and complex late reverberations in four zones.
Forty-two cardioid and omni microphones pick up ambient room sound, with the
variable acoustics created through 235 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers
comprising seven different full-range and subwoofer models. The options for
room variation include five reverberation times, each with three density
settings, plus nine bass ratio and nine strength presets.
The permanent Constellation system works hand-in-glove with the
configuration that Hylenski created specifically for the production. This
system has its own D-Mitri-based show control system interfacing directly
with Constellation, and the predominantly Meyer Sound loudspeaker system is
anchored by twin arrays of 13 per side M'elodie line array loudspeakers with
two ground-stacked 700-HP subwoofers under each array. The balance of the
system incorporates seven other Meyer Sound full-range loudspeakers and
three additional subwoofer models, totaling 124 cabinets in all. Amptown
System Company GmbH (ASC) of Hamburg supplied all Meyer Sound components for
both the permanent Constellation and current production systems.
The permanent installation of Constellation in the Operettenhaus was made
possible in part because of the unique business model of Stage
Entertainment, explains Andreas Hammerich, production sound engineer and
sound designer for the company.
"Unlike Broadway and West End, at Stage Entertainment we both produce the
shows and own the theatres," Hammerich notes. "That means we take a
long-term look at what technical investments will realize a return. And with
Rocky, Constellation is already making a difference. The sound is so special
that audiences walking out of the theatre cannot believe what they just
experienced. It is that extraordinary."
ROCKY - Das Musical was produced by Stage Entertainment GmbH, the German
subsidiary of Amsterdam-based Stage Entertainment, together with Sylvester
Stallone and Ukrainian boxing champions, Vitali & Wladmir Klitschko. Book
was by Thomas Meehan, with music by composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist
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