SE Audiotechnik, a German pro audio loudspeaker manufacturer, has provided an immersive audio system of nearly 300 speakers to China’s Fengming Theatre for the Dream Back to the Tang Dynasty production.
Sound designer Tian Chensheng wanted to create a 360-degree immersive audio environment for his large-scale fantasy production without having the technology on show. Dream Back to the Tang Dynasty incorporates poetry, musical drama and traditional song and dance, and a 180-degree video wall creates much of the scenery.
“In the selection of speakers, on the one hand, we needed to meet the sound effect requirements, but on the other hand, we had to hide the installation,” he explained. “However, these two aspects are against each other. Hiding requires the box to be small, but the small size will reduce the sound pressure and sound quality.”
To overcome this challenge, Chensheng and the technical team researched various potential solutions before choosing the M-F3A PRO from SE Audiotechnik. The small size and high SPL of this compact two-way active line array were ideal for the complex environment of the theatre and production.
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Weighing in at 8.3kg, the 210 x 317 x 369 mm enclosure houses eight 2.8-inch neodymium lo/mid-frequency drivers and seven one-inch direct radiation dome tweeters. While with much of the electronics inside the cabinet, such as a 600W Class-D amplifier and plug and play DSP, it was possible to conceal the large system throughout the venue.