Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Acoustic Directions designed the loudspeaker system for main arena of the MCG, which was required to deliver high quality speech and music to 80,000 people.
Our design included a custom bass-array that steers low frequencies in such a way to compensate for wide variation in the distances between loudspeakers and listeners. This wide variation in distances was due to the difficult loudspeaker locations that were dictated by the building design.

Our design was initially undertaken for Jands, the distributors of JBL loudspeakers, in response to the specification. Subsequently we refined the design for Rutledge Engineering Australia, who won the tender to design and supply the system.

We also commissioned the system over a period of eight days, making numerous mcg_09 acoustic measurements to confirm each loudspeaker was operating correctly, setting crossovers, confirming frequency responses and making delay, equalisation and level adjustments. Significant time was spent listening to the system and making small adjustments.

This system has met with acclaim, and was recently awarded The Best Installation Over $500k in Australia by NECA.


Aussie Stadium Sydney

Design of a loudspeaker system for main arena for the successful tenderer, to deliver high quality speech and music to 50,000 people.

Docklands Stadium Melbourne

docklandsThe 52,000 seat Docklands Stadium in Melbourne features the southern hemisphere’s largest retractable roof. We designed this system for Jands as distributor of JBL loudspeakers and the PA People as the contractor. One of the ways we were able to add value to the project was to design of a passive crossover network for the mid-high loudspeaker, saving a considerable number of amplifiers. A year on from commissioning, our system still delivered an STI of more than 0.6 in the empty stadium.