Lotte World’s Waterpark gets connected with Symetrix
KOREA: The newly-opened Lotte World’s Waterpark in Gimhae has installed a new Symetrix audio processing system to provide networking capabilities over Dante. The network will be responsible for safety critical services, such as monitoring the lifeguards’ poolside microphones, and as a result, the manufacturer’s ‘multi-zonal capability and reputation for rock solid reliability’ reportedly influenced the park’s decision. Seoul-based Sound Solution provided design and installations services for the project.
At over 11,000 sq-m the waterpark is one of the largest in the world, and required an audio system capable of transmitting announcements, BGM, and emergency messages throughout. The installed network allows staff to monitor and control all BGM zones and volumes as well as the lifeguards' microphone status. But the project was not without its challenges, as the Sound Solution team had to tackle long reverberation times and ensure that there will be no water-related damage to the equipment.
Processing capability is split across three control rooms. The main building houses the manufacturer’s Edge open-architecture processor with one xln 12 and two xOut 12 I/O expanders. Inside the volcano area is one Edge processor and a single xln 12, and there is also a Radius 12x8 processor and one xOut12 in the wavepool control room. In each case, further expansion is planned to help boost system redundancy.
Control in all three rooms comes via Lab.gruppen’s NLB 60E NomadLink Bridge and Network Controller. Power was provided from Lab.gruppen C28:4 and C48:4 amps, and sound reinforcement from RCF P1108 and P4228, and Tannoy Di5T and Di6DC loudspeakers. Beyerdynamic TG-V35DS vocal microphones are used for announcements.
The resulting system is, according to a member of the park’s in-house team ‘very convenient because we can select the volume, BGM and so forth while listening to the sound directly in any zone through the SymVue panel – designed by Sound Solution – and the team viewer program.’ The incorporation of Dante also makes the system highly scalable. In fact, the venue operators are reportedly already planning to install additional Edge processors in the waterslide zone.
‘The result of our labour is a comprehensive system able to deliver all the essential audio requirements for this prestigious venue, while offering redundancy sufficient to cope with future expansion,’ concluded Lisa Lee, marketing manager at Sound Solution.