Mahidol University in Bangkok calls on Stagetec to raise the bar
THAILAND: The College of Music at the Mahidol University in Bangkok has equipped its new performing arts centre with audio, communication and media technology from Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup. The company’s Polaris touch mixing console and Nexus Star audio routing system were both installed into the centre under very strict time constraints.
Seating up to 2,000 people, the centre is a prestigious cultural project for Thailand's capital and hopes to raise the bar with the quality of acoustics and technical equipment. Concerts started in December 2013, with the opening ceremony – in the presence of the royal couple – scheduled for March 2014.
‘The Mahidol University values cutting edge digital audio, video and media technology from one source that is easy and intuitive to use. The touch screen controls in our Polaris consoles won their audio team over immediately – not least because due to their excellent integration into Nexus, the consoles combine tried and tested quality with a wide range of optional upgrades,’ explained Stagetec’s project manager, Rainer Hettwer. ‘We created a top class system equipped for all current and future tasks in a concert hall of this stature.’
Installation at the university included Stagetec produced components as well as high-quality third-party products. This project had a very tough time schedule due to a prior delay that left less than 12 months to finish the entire project from planning through to completion. An ambitious goal, which Stagetec’s 15 strong team achieved.
The Mahidol concert hall is now equipped with two Polaris touch mixing consoles and a large audio network made up of one Nexus Star, five stationary and one mobile Base Devices. The new communication technology is based on a stage management desk with access to five HD cameras and an Oratis intercom system by Delec. The university also opted to install a Black Magic video router for the video network as well as other highlights such as a Christie beamer with 35,000 ANSI lumen for the hall and a state-of-the-art digital signage system with 16 monitors in the lobbies.
The two identically equipped Polaris touch mixing consoles are located at the FOH in the large hall, and in a HD recording studio used for CD and DVD production. The FOH console forwards signals to a sound reinforcement system with its speakers concealed in the ceiling panels, which does not spoil the visual appeal of the hall or the acoustics during concerts without electro-acoustic amplification.