The PA People and Jands supply Harman solution for Royal Randwick
AUSTRALIA: The PA People was recently tasked with delivering the networked television distribution and audio systems for the Royal Randwick’s $152 million five-star grandstand, supplying an all-Harman solution distributed by Jands. Operating on its own dedicated HP Procurve Ethernet network, The PA People believe the facilities in the new grandstand represent the largest integrated networked A/V system in Australia.
The grandstand not only features a 4,500-capacity amphitheatre surrounding the Theatre of the Horse parade ring, but eight new restaurant and dining spaces, and four undercover terraces on each level facing west over the Theatre of the Horse.
Over 1,000 individual JBL loudspeakers across 10 different models, 80 Crown amplifiers and 12 BSS networked digital signal processing engines form the backbone of the system. JBL AE Series AM7000 models cover the roof area. A 1,000 port Ethernet network specifically designed to support both the IPTV and networked audio systems was also installed.
‘We’ve used them previously on a variety of large scale venues and they were certainly appropriate for this project,’ commented Josh Jones, The PA People’s project manager. ‘They gave us the coverage and SPL level that we needed right up to the side of the racetrack. On the inside we used mostly the JBL Control 47LP and Control 47HC ceiling speakers for the corporate suites, ballrooms and dining areas. These speakers really hold their own under load; they are our reliable choice.’
The ground floor where the main betting auditorium and general public concourse is located has no ceiling, so JBL Control 67 P/T pendant speakers were selected as they blend into their surroundings.
‘Not only are they aesthetically successful, but they provide us with enough power to get above an excited race crowd,’ added Mr Jones. ‘They were the only choice. Amenities areas and some of the smaller concourses are taken care of by JBL 24CTM and 26CT ceiling speakers which always give us clear and consistent coverage.’
Meanwhile, the Theatre of the Horse uses JBL CBT 100LA, which feature Constant Beamwidth technology, providing the directivity required to cover the venue without directing audio at the horses themselves.
‘We needed a line array speaker that would give us defined beam control and simultaneously cover five tiers of standing areas,’ explained Mr Jones. ‘We went with a ring of CBT 100LA’s and they cover the theatre beautifully, and to my knowledge, they haven’t scared a horse yet! Their profile and colour fit perfectly with the white horse rail; they blend in and almost disappear.’
Soundweb London BSS was distributed around eight different rack/amplifier rooms, managing audio distribution throughout the venue whilst also providing enough DSP to cover the many delays, EQ’s and other processing required for a cohesive sound system.
‘With five levels of tiered seating we needed to make sure that everyone could hear the same thing at the same time,’ he added. ‘The distribution of BSS gave us more than enough DSP for proper timing and frequency response, and we achieved a good overall sound.’