K-array technology shines and Cameo lighting dazzles at Singapore’s VivoCity
SINGAPORE: Having opened its doors a decade ago, VivoCity continues to entice tourists and locals alike as one of Singapore's largest retail and lifestyle centres. Located at Sentosa Gateway, the third-level outdoor Sky Park amphitheatre commands a sweeping vista across a narrow strait of water towards Resort World Sentosa. The outdoor seating area – comprising wooden tiered pews and protected from the intense elements by a large white circular canopy structure – looks down upon a 1m high, 10m x 12m stage that is protected from the elements by a large canopy structure. This was recently used as the setting for a special 10 year anniversary concert party, for which the Synergy AVL management was tasked to upgrade the sound and lighting system prior to the event.
Working closely with Loud Technologies Asia, Synergy AVL was appointed to replace the previously existing L-C-R point source loudspeakers that had operated faithfully in the hot, humid, saline conditions for six years. A stereo pair of dual K-array Kayman KY102 3D line array elements now provides full coverage of the amphitheatre’s wide seated area, courtesy of its integrated variable beam technology. Providing lower frequency extension from the same left and right suspended brackets are two 1800W-rated KMT21P 21-inch subwoofers. Rear-seating coverage is provided by two unobtrusive Python KP52 models, whilst the performers themselves are monitored by four ultra-compact KRM33P wedges. Crucially, all the enclosures come out of the box IP-rated and prepared for the equatorial conditions.
Powering the entire system are two KA84 amplifiers that are each capable of providing 2,000W to each of the four channels over 4-ohms. Bypassing the need for external processing, the integrated DSP provides EQ, matrix, levels, delays and limiter functions to each channel. These functions are remotely controlled over the redundant Dante network via the K-framework software. Although a library of pre-sets can be easily accessed and activated for mobile applications, Loud Technologies Asia has customised the vertical, horizontal and 3D line array settings for the venue.
‘The project was a very hasty one due to the short timeframe allowed for completion,’ commented Loud Technologies’ managing director, Colin Quek. ‘Whilst initially looking at traditional point source and line array solutions, Synergy AVL wanted to be one step ahead of competitive tenderers proposing such systems, so we proposed a K-array with its deceptively compact form factor and high linear output. When we showed a sample of the KY102 Kayman system, the assessors were sceptical that such a slim enclosure would output a peak SPL of 138dB, but luckily the strong portfolio that K-array possessed changed that! The five year warranty that comes with it sealed the deal.’
Despite the ease of installation afforded by the K-array speaker system, the on-site Synergy AVL technicians worked around the clock to determine the white space for the existing Shure wireless microphones, light programming and engineering brackets for the new trussing. At the same time, the old tungsten lighting was replaced with a Cameo LED solution supplied by Adam Hall Asia, combining 24 CLZ120 Zoom Pars and a further 24 Flat Par 18’s. ‘The client is happy with this new system as it will provide them with much greater cost savings over time,’ furthered Synergy AVL director Henry Sara.