Leading Singapore Opera Theater Installs Bag End System

Dec 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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Considered the main venue in Singapore for Chinese opera, the Kreta Ayer People’s Theater has recently undergone a complete renovation, which included the installation of a completely new sound system.

The theater had been renting a system from a local events company, but the theater’s management wanted its own professional sound system designed to fit the specific needs of the theater. Bell & Order Engineering Pte. Ltd. of Singapore was commissioned by the architectural firm of Sim & Associates to do a study of the unique requirements of Chinese opera performances and propose a system suitable not only for opera, but for other cultural performances presented.

“Because the Kreta Ayer theater is a large performance venue with special requirements, the objective of designing a system to provide good, even sound distribution proved to be quite a challenge,” said Richard Lim of Bell and Order. “A Chinese opera performance requires strong vocal capability. In addition, we faced substantial bass requirements, primarily for concerts and other stage performances. The large range of Bag End loudspeaker products allowed us to select an exclusive Bag End system for the entire theater.”

Lim selected six Bag End OPAL-Is for the main front-of-house left/right cluster systems. “The Opals provided us with a wide range of frequencies, which covered all of our usage requirements.” Two D18E-I double18-inch subwoofer systems were located at FOH, coupled with the OPALs to provide bass. To round out the overall system, a total of 10 TA6000-I speaker systems were used as supplemental speakers to provide even distribution, and six Time Aligned TA5000CF speaker systems were selected to be stage monitors.

Bell & Order selected ARX Systems amplifiers to power the Bag End loudspeaker system. The system is mixed on a Soundcraft K2 audio mixing console, managed by a BSS SoundWeb digital signal processor.

For more information, visit www.bagend.com.






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