Manipur Film Development Corporation auditorium installed with Harman
INDIA: In association with Ace Acoustics & Audio Video Solutions Pvt Ltd, Harman International India Pvt Ltd recently completed a sound installation project at the 850-seat Manipur Film Development Corporation (MFDC) auditorium in Manipur, India.
The client specified that the facilities had to be the best in terms of design, A/V and audience comfort. In addition to screening 3D Dolby Sound films in both celluloid and digital formats, the auditorium also hosts live programmes such as rock shows, classical music and dramatic programmes and seminars.
Led by Devasis Barkataki, Debabrat Duarah and Ramanuj Sharma, Ace Acoustics provided the basic design and drawings, oversaw the installation, provided post installation support and handled the entire system installation project. The team installed a range of equipment from Harman Pro brands AKG, BSS, Crown, JBL, Lexicon and Soundcraft.
The auditorium’s main sound system is comprised of a number of JBL 5674 tri-amplified ScreenArray Cinema loudspeaker systems and two JBL 4642A subwoofers powered by Crown DSI 4000 amplifiers. Providing surround sound support are 32 JBL 8340A speakers. Being a 5.1 cinema, the front three stacks (comprised of left, right and centre) are made up of a number of JBL VRX 932LA line array cabinets.
Crown amplifiers also power the line array and subwoofer surround systems, the stage monitor system, as well as the green room and control room systems. The crossover boxes are complemented with two arrays of eight JBL VRX 918 hangs for low-end support.
A 40-channel Soundcraft Live 8 mixing console was also installed into the auditorium, as was an array of processing equipment from BSS. Soundweb London Blu boxes provide the ability to programme the system for various modes – such as for live music, cinema and speech presentation applications. BSS Blu 160 and BSS Blu 120 units help to equalise the system to perform and deliver in each of these modes, and can be operated by untrained operators.
Approximately 25 AKG microphones and a number of headphones were also deployed for vocal and instrumental applications, whilst a Lexicon MX200 stereo reverb/effects processor was also installed for live shows.
‘The expectations for this project were extremely high given that this install had to be the very best in the region,’ said Mr Barkataki, director, Ace Acoustics. ‘We had to work around many challenges which included integrating and customising the audio in a way that best suited the multi-purpose nature of the auditorium. A key reason that Harman products were chosen was due to the vast product range that could deliver for this varied requirement, as well as the brand’s unparalleled audio output, functionality and after sales service,’ he continued. ‘As a company with a rich experience in audio installations, Ace is proud to have been a part of this dream project.’
‘The successful configuration and programming of the audio components for this particular project is a commendable achievement for Ace Acoustics and also for Harman,’ added David McKinney, senior director, India operations, Harman Professional. ‘Harman India’s technical team and the team from Ace Acoustics did an amazing job with a project of this scale. Every part of the signal chain uses high-end products from all the Harman brands. This has ensured a high quality performance throughout the venue – sit anywhere for any event and you experience the same effect in sound.’
‘The MFDC auditorium is a prestigious project and is unique in many aspects – being the only auditorium in the region to cater to wide variety of entertainment formats,’ commented Y Ningthem Singh, chief engineer and project director, Manipur Development Society. ‘From an A/V perspective we needed crystal clear sound with ease of operation and maintenance. As mandated, we worked upon the requirement with trusted system integration partner, Ace Acoustics. After a thorough understanding of the market and the available brands, we were convinced that Harman was the provider that could cater to all of our audio requirements in an integrated manner, thus setting a benchmark for the region,’ he enthused.
MFDC aims to promote, develop and assist the cinematography trade and industry and all of its allied trades and businesses, studios, laboratories and theatres for the production of both celluloid and digital videos films and television programmes. MFDC also assists in the organisation of national and international film festivals and oversees film archives for library and museums.