Singapore (January 27, 2004)–At the heart of the Singapore’s Kreta Ayer district is the Kreta Ayer People’s Theater, considered the main venue in Singapore for Chinese opera. Since its humble beginnings the theatre has undergone a series of improvements and redevelopment. One part of the most recent renovation plans, begun in 2002, included the installation of a completely new Bag End sound system. The theatre had been renting a system from a local events company, but the theatre management wanted its own professional sound system designed to fit the specific needs of the theatre.
Bell & Order Engineering Pte. Ltd. of Singapore was commissioned by the architectural firm of Sim & Associates to do a study of the unique requirements of Chinese opera performances and propose a system suitable not only for opera but for other cultural performances presented by the theatre.
“A Chinese opera performance requires strong vocal capability,” said Richard Lim of Bell and Order, one of the leading system integrators in the Southeast Asian region. “In addition, we faced substantial bass requirements, primarily for concerts and other stage performances.” Lim selected six Bag End Opal-I’s for the main front-of-house left/right cluster systems. “The Opals provided us with a wide range of frequencies which covered all of our usage requirements.”
A pair of Bag End D18E-I double 18-inch subwoofer systems were located at the front-of-the-house coupled with the Opals to provide bass. To round out the overall system, a total of 10 Bag End TA6000-I speaker systems were used as supplemental speakers to provide even distribution throughout the large theatre and six Bag End Time Aligned TA5000CF speaker systems were selected to be stage monitors.
Bell & Order selected ARX Systems amplifiers to power the Bag End loudspeaker system. The system is mixed on a Soundcraft K2 audio mixing console, managed by a BSS Soundweb digital signal processor.