The iconic Colisée de Roubaix (Roubaix Coliseum) in France has undergone a number of interior transformations throughout its near-century of operations. The most recent of those included the installation of an S-Series loudspeaker system from Adamson to enhance the myriad of productions presented in the historic 1,700-seat main theatre.
The venue boasts 7,000 subscribers and welcomes an average of 100,000 spectators per season. Built in 1927, it is well known for its rich cultural history and stunning architecture. That, in addition to the many types of productions hosted on its main stage, from modern and classical music to opera, drama, and dance, resulted in a long list of stipulations for the ideal audio solution.
“We needed a system that would provide excellent sound reinforcement for a number of different productions, and that met several other technical criteria,” comments Franck Minet, head of sound at the Colisée de Roubaix. “We chose Adamson’s S-Series system as it delivers world-class sound in a compact, rider-friendly cabinet that meets our needs and the needs of any visiting engineer.”
The hall employs a scalable design that can transform from a left-right array configuration with six Adamson S10 two-way, full range cabinets to left-centre-right arrays of four S10s each. Four ground-stacked S119 subwoofers per side handle low end for the main level. Additional arrays of four S10s cover the balcony along with two flown S119s in a cardioid configuration under the catwalk. Under the balcony are three clusters of four Adamson PC 5 two-way, coaxial loudspeakers in addition to two Point 12s and two Point 115 subs per side in cardioid mode. Rounding out the system are Point 8s as lip fills and a combination of Point 8s and Point 12s in the washrooms.
VS Scene was the audiovisual integrator behind the Colisée’s most recent revamp. Based in Templemars, France, VS Scene provides turnkey sound, lighting, video, and structural solutions for entertainment venues, museums, houses of worship, and more.
As the company’s Technical Director, Bruno Brizulier, explains, the S-Series looked like the optimal solution for the venue from the outset.
“We’ve been very impressed with Adamson products, including the compact-yet-powerful S-Series, which checked all the boxes for the Colisée de Roubaix,” shares Brizulier. “We love the system and results, and were very pleased with our experience with DV2, Adamson’s French distributor, whose expertise and support has been outstanding from the start.”
“We’ve seen Adamson’s profile grow significantly in the French market over the years, and VS Scene’s work in major venues like the Colisée de Roubaix is a big part of that,” says Didier Dal Fitto, Founder and Chief Engineer with DV2, Adamson’s exclusive distributor for France. “We’re proud to support the great work they do and look forward to getting Adamson’s premium products into the next major application.”
PHOTO #1 - Adamson S-Series system in action at the Colisée de Roubaix
PHOTO #2 - Colisée de Roubaix Head of Sound Franck Minet & Technical Director Bernard Vanalderwelt with Adamson S10s atop an S119 subwoofer