MONDO | STADIA about the MAG Audio Solutions for Sports Venues
One of the newest issues of the international magazine for technology in stadia Mondo | Stadia has recently published an article on two big projects from MAG Audio - the installation at the ‘Kolos’ stadium and versatile scalable MAG MUST solution.
Whether it's a fixed installation at the arena, or a complete touring solution for a soccer match, MAG Audio systems can be used in a wide range of applications to make any sporting event sound as designed!
Below, we publish this article and the original can be found at the link.
During MAG Audio's 20-year history, the company has created its own unique approach to the development of its products, assembled a professional team of experts and garnered considerable experience in the fields of loudspeaker engineering, design and sound system installations. It is also no stranger to the world of stadia with many of its products proving imperative in sports’ sound systems across the globe.
One of MAG Audio’s recent projects, ‘Kolos’, is a newly renovated home stadium of the Ukrainian Premier League football club of the same name, located in Kovalivka (Kyiv District). It was reconstructed in 2020 in order to meet the 3d category criteria of UEFA standards. Among other upgrades, Kolos was equipped with a new cutting-edge sound system from MAG Audio.
As a triumpher of Ukrainian championships, Kolos FC now represents Ukraine in UEFA Europa League season 2020-21. However, the club's home stadium in Kovalivka had to be renovated to meet UEFA standards.
Originally built in 2014, ‘Kolos’ could hold up to 950 people; after reconstruction this number increased to 5,000. But, this is certainly not the only upgrade; the stadium also got a new press box, VIP box, press conference room and a brand new sound system from MAG Audio.
Field series from MAG were designed for stadiums, sports arenas and other large open air venues. This sound system can turn every sports location into a multifunctional place.
“We recommend MAG FD-52 as primary sound, these horn-loaded coaxial loudspeakers are perfect for large sports arenas and stadiums. MAG FD-52 has great sensitivity, focused sound and long throw, and delivers excellent speech intelligibility. Moreover, the systems have IP55 weather resistance”, commented Igor Sydorenko, systems engineer at MAG Audio.
To provide even sound coverage at the field and the stands, MAG engineers simulated sound coverage in the AFMG EASE software.
“We decided to install 4 x MAG FD-52 at the camera operating platform, on the rooftop of the administrative building. This way we covered the main stand, the field and two stands behind the gates. The opposite stand required additional sound sources, so we installed 15 MAG AIR-62 IP along the shed,” — added Igor.
The AIR Series has been recently updated with the weather-resistant IP54 option; now it’s available in black and white colours.
For Kolos Stadium, black MAG AIR-62 IP with white grid were customized with Kolos FC logo.
Additionally six MAG AIR-62 IP, connected to Powersoft Mezzo 604AD, were installed in three VIP lounges. Main FD-52s are connected to Powersoft Quattrocanali 4804 DSP+D amplifier and Powersoft Quattrocanali 2404 DSP+D drives 15 x MAG AIR-62 IP. Entire sound system is connected via Dante.
MAG Audio has also recently presented the MAG MUST technology, the state-of-the-art solution that ruins stereotypes of providing sound at venues of various sizes and formats.
The technology is based on the scalable line array MAG WASP, which has already proved itself in both small venues, such as bars and restaurants, and large events as well. The MAG MUST technology (short for "Multiple Uniform Sound Technology") allows creating most uniform sound coverage everywhere, even including stadiums.
The MAG MUST presentation took place at the biggest arena of Ukraine NSC Olimpiyskiy as part of the preparation for the next day’s grand stadium festival.
The system at the event consisted of almost 200 tops, which were placed at the venue according to the design and solution concept. This allowed us to break the record for the minimal SPL variation at the location of this size.
MUST is an innovative solution not only in the context of technology, but also its effectiveness. Today, rental companies have to adapt to the requirements of each specific venue with the help of audio equipment of proper format. With scalable MAG MUST technology, this problem is solved, as you can provide sound at any event just by changing the layout and the number of speakers. It is also a big plus for logistics and equipment storage.
Thus, the same speaker set as was applied at the stadium could also provide sound at 5 rock concerts, 15 concerts in the community center or 25 corporate parties.
The idea of MAG MUST is also unique in terms of sound coverage uniformity. Large numbers of identical sound sources over a large area reduce the unevenness of the sound pressure at the venue. Moreover, it also reduces the amount of reflected sound from surfaces, which is the biggest challenge in terms of achieving high quality sound.
This way, the MAG MUST technology allows to eliminate too loud or too quiet sound in different areas of the large venue, and also allows listeners and guests to feel the sound like never before. To hear it the way it was designed, which is MAG Audio’s top goal.