K-Array mixes well in Singapore
SINGAPORE: Not to be confused with the famous Miami resort, Singapore’s South Beach has opened up several new F&B outlets recently. Having successfully established its first outlet on Havelock Road several years ago, the whisky outlet Quaich Bar was drawn to the location in-between Raffles and Suntec City. The Whisky Magazine heralded it as one of the great whisky bars of the world on account of its outstanding presentation, promotion and knowledge.
Calling on the services of Loud Technologies Asia Pacific (LTAPL) as supplier and Synergy AVL for the installation, the owners selected a discrete but powerful K-Array solution to create the desired ambience. A total of 12 KT2 speakers in black and white have been fixed to the upper walls between rows of whisky bottles behind glass cases, which are augmented in the lower frequencies by three KU26 six-inch subwoofers. Powered by a single KA24 amplifier, the facility manager has been provided with zone control courtesy of an Audac MTX48 providing wireless Bluetooth source and level control via an iOS or Android App, Audac Dashboard. In addition to the main bar, there is also a private VIP section and a cigar smoking area.
Adjacent to the Marina Mandarin Hotel on the south side of Suntec City, the Beacon is something of a Singaporean institution where its patrons are served food, drink and live music until the early hours. Noise pollution owing to the open nature of the venue is an on going concern for nearby hotel guests, so the owners were drawn to ensuring the SPLs remain on site. The FOH system comprising of two flown KP102 speakers per side and two floor standing KMT18P subwoofers is powered by a single KA84 4-channel amplifier. Measuring 1m in length by 90mm width and 120mm depth each, the KP102 columns are virtually invisible to the audience. More importantly perhaps, the 7-to 30-degrees vertical by 90-degrees horizontal dispersion characteristics of the 3.15-inch transducers are contained within the property.
‘The passive 12kg columns are deceptively powerful for their size providing a maximum of 128dB SPL’, confirmed LTAPL’s MD Colin Quek who supplied the system. ‘When measuring the decibels during a live performance on the walkway between the venue and the hotel, the spectrum analyser was higher for passing traffic.’
The unobtrusive system includes a pair of smaller KP52s as delays and was simple to install. ‘K-Array’s heritage is in live production and it shows. They obviously didn’t like to hang around venues setting up and tearing down! To fix both arrays and the delays onto the hardware, run cabling and test took no longer than two hours for the install team at Synergy AVL.’