Constellation shines at Singapore American School
SINGAPORE: The main auditorium within Singapore American School (SAS) has been equipped with a Meyer Sound Constellation system, reportedly solving long-standing acoustic issues. The installation represents the latest in a series of collaborations between the school and Singaporean Meyer Sound representative, Coda Group Pte Ltd.
The upgrade to Constellation comes as part of an overall renovation of the 19-year-old auditorium, including new seats, energy-efficient lighting, new carpeting, sound-absorbing and reflecting walls, and improved soundproof double doors. Sound reinforcement will continue to be served by a previously installed M1D line array system, with M1D-Subs for low-end plus MM-4 and UPM-1P fills.
However, the auditorium had suffered from poor speech intelligibility. ‘Before, the auditorium was really difficult to project sound in,’ commented Tia Abdi, SAS high school senior and mixed choir member. ‘You could often only hear yourself sing, and it was hard to hear any other parts. Now I can hear the people around me a lot more easily, and the audience can definitely hear whether our sound is flat or ringing.’
The Constellation system is built around a D-Mitri processor fed by 38 microphones installed throughout the room. Enhanced acoustical response is delivered through more than 200 speakers installed above the stage and audience – models include UP-4XP, UPM-1P, UPJunior, UPJ-1XP VariO, Stella-4 and UMS-1P enclosures, plus UMS-1XP subs.
‘As a school, we have a bold vision to be a world leader in education, cultivating exceptional thinkers, prepared for the future,’ declared Dr Chip Kimball, superintendent of SAS. ‘Constellation allows us to be that world leader; it truly is the epitome of excellence. Our students and our staff are tremendous performers and talented individuals, and they work very hard to perfect their craft. The acoustic system shines light on their art. This auditorium is a special place; these kids are going to do amazing things in their lives.’
As well as improving the auditorium itself, the Constellation system is being used by entertainment technology students who are now studying the principles behind processor sound sampling and optimising reverberation.
‘As much as you can operate lighting to get someone’s attention on something, you can also change the focus of what they’re hearing,’ explained Paul Koebnick, assistant theatre manager and teacher. ‘Students responsible for sound operations can change the sound settings in the middle of a show, when a different group comes on with a different song.’