Singapore's ﬁrst Olympic-size ice rink relies on Community
SINGAPORE: A Community Professional sound system has been installed into the first Olympic-sized ice rink in Singapore, located at the CapitaMall Trust-owned JCube mall in Jurong East. The project was undertaken by Electronics & Engineering (E&E).
The 60m by 30m ice rink sits at the heart of JCube, overlooked by a 460-seat two-tier gallery. While it is most commonly used by ice skating enthusiasts it also hosts competitive events including speed or ﬁgure skating and ice hockey, plus concerts with live streaming, meaning the sound system had to be versatile. More importantly, due to the large space and reflective surfaces, high intelligibility was a crucial requirement.
To meet the demands of the project, E&E worked closely with Community’s Singapore-based director of business development, Thomas Mittelmann, who liaised with the technical team at Community’s US headquarters.
Forming the backbone of the install is a distributed system comprising 17 Community WET W2-2W8 loudspeakers mounted around the rink edge, each delivering 120-degree horizontal dispersion. The weather treated cabinets are also capable of withstanding environmental conditions of the rink while their white finish delivers a discrete finish.
Meanwhile the audience area is served by ceiling speakers including 13 D8 8-inch coaxial enclosures serving the upper spectator stand, and 13 D6 loudspeakers covering the lower stand. A further 10 D4 ceiling speakers plus four DS8 surface-mount enclosures are installed at back of house.
Powering the system are five Ashly Audio NE2400 2-channel ampliﬁers plus an NE4250 serving back of house, while processing is via a Symetrix Symnet 8x8 digital signal processor, supplied with SymNet Designer software which equips the rink with more than 300 DSP modules, including feedback elimination, loudspeaker management and auto mixing. The built-in modules enable the audio engineer at the rink to switch quickly and easily from one processing mode to another depending on the function of the rink at any given time.
Completing the audio system is a Mackie 1642-VLZ3 I6-channel compact recording mixer plus Shure SLX24/SM58 handheld wireless microphones for concert events.