Black and white solution requested for Singapore School’s Black Box
SINGAPORE: Singaporean-based systems integrator Trektech A/V has learnt a thing or two from the education market and as a result continues to be invited back to site to assist teachers. One such example is located in Hougang – Xinmin Secondary School (XMS) is an autonomous secondary school providing classes for all three academic tracks. Founded in 1945, the school displays a proud roll call of performing arts achievements in Chinese dance, choir, guzheng, drama and symphonic bands that require continual investment.
Having attained autonomous status from the Ministry of Education (moE) in 2001, the school seeks to develop its students to their full potential and as such deemed it necessary to invest in new audio and lighting systems in its newly built black box drama theatre. Retractable seating for an audience of 400 has been provided while multipurpose events can be staged on the clean, flexible design. Clean aesthetics and evenly dispersed audio is provided courtesy of an assortment of d&b audiotechnik biaxial speakers – affixed to overhead fly bars – from the German manufacturer’s white series. Two S12 enclosures flown in a left-right configuration meet FOH requirements; providing low frequencies down to 48Hz, the speakers ensure that subwoofers are not required in the system design. A further S10 provides rear-fill while two Max12 wedge monitors are available for performers and can be positioned according to the production.
The combined speakers are powered by a single d&b audiotechnik D80 4-channel amplifier containing configurations for all d&b loudspeakers and a linear mode. The signal delay capability enables user definable settings of up to 10s to be applied independently to each channel and the same applies to the two 16-band equalisers providing optional parametric, asymmetric, shelving or notch filtering. Whilst the colour TFT touchscreen provides access to the menu, the rotary encoder is used for fine adjustments. Significantly, a unique LoadMatch function enables the electrical compensation of cabling properties, negating the need for an extra conductor and thus preserving the tonal balance of cable lengths of up to 70m.
The signal path is complete with the addition of Midas M32 and M32R consoles offering both FOH and monitor mixing respectively. Meanwhile a Pro Intercom M5300 base station and belt-packs assists the crew members in their production duties while a Furman M10-x E power conditioner has been added to the rack, ensuring noise filtration and surge protection are guaranteed.
In terms of lighting, the aspiring students are illuminated under 14 Chauvet Colorado 1-Quad Zoom Tour fixtures plus eight of the newly introduced Rogue R1 140W LED spots and an assortment of conventional fixtures dimmed by Theatrelight NZ dimmer packs. Intelligent lighting control is via Lumidesk Ultimate while conventional fixtures are operated via a Theatrelight NZ Cuemaster 48. The concept is to allow students to first learn the basics of lighting control before graduating to the more complicated programming of intelligent lights. Finally, a Panasonic PT-EX16k projector can be relied upon for video projections.
Trektech A/V’s Satwant S confirmed that his five man team had been tested during the three week installation. ‘The aspirations of the school are a testament to the students’ desire to succeed so we are naturally pleased to provide them with an audio and lighting solution that will further enhance their talents. However it was tricky working with the general contractor in this instance as we had to specifically modify all the fly bar grips from 50mm to 45mm as they were simply not used to this sort of set-up.’