Port of Lost Wonder invests in d&b
SINGAPORE: A d&b audiotechnik installation recently took place at Singapore’s first kids club by the beach: Port of Lost Wonder (POLW), on Sentosa Island. Port of Lost Wonder is the latest attraction on Palawan Beach, and caters to families with children below 12 years of age.
The beachfront kids club is home to a signature Pirate Ship water play area, picnic grounds, play zones, retail space and a restaurant area. The outdoor setting and expanse of the venue required detailed planning with regards to the sound system, as well as the locations of the speakers. The saline conditions at the beach and the challenges presented by the weather were also key considerations in the planning stages.
‘POLW requires superior audio intelligibility so that public announcements are crystal clear,’ said Nicholas Tan, design and technical support, Island Technical Services, Sentosa Leisure Group. ‘In addition, the place required fairly high SPLs as there is a lot of ambient noise created by the children playing.’
The recommended system was the installation of eight Ti10 speakers, which are augmented with two V-Subs for low end – all of which are powered and processed by three D12 amplifiers. These are mounted on a mobile rack adjacent to the retail shop, restaurant and indoor play area. The combination of the Ti10 speakers and V-Subs provide ‘deep lows and clean, crisp highs’ as they would at a theatre. A Denon DN-D4500 twin CD-player is used as a music source, whilst two Sennheiser ew-100 G3 wireless channels are available for announcements and use during interactive activities. Live mixing can be performed on a Yamaha MG166C console, which is also located on the rack.
In addition, a number of discrete Bose Freespace speakers have been installed in the garden areas. Elsewhere, One Systems 10-inch speakers are used for parties at the Celebration Island tent, and two Electro-Voice S-40 compact speakers powered by a Kempton KA 802 amplifier serve the foyer area.
d&b audiotechnik has notched up a much-envied roll call of references in Singapore since installing a Q series loudspeaker system at the Esplanade Theatres by the Bay in 2002. Other places to take on this system include a number of churches, banquet halls, theatres, artistic venues, further education campuses and rehearsal studios.