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TiMax SoundHub at Hong Kong Space Museum
Hong Kong’s Space Museum has reinvigorated its visitor offering through Omnimax planetarium system film experiences. The museum’s Lecture Hall has not only benefitted from the visual elements of cinematic styling, the audio system is also state-of-the-art - with the help of a TiMax2 SoundHub16 multi-channel delay matrix installed as surround system management and spatialisation processor.
The new d&b audiotechnik 7.1-channel surround sound system comprises a total of three E12D screen channels with two S18 subwoofers, with left and left-rear surround – mirrored on the right – distributed via a total of four E8s. All driven by d&b D12 and D6 amplification, with two d&b M6s for mobile stage foldback support.
This upgrade is a significant departure from the previous simpler left/right channels of speakers and subs, and goes a bit further than just a conventional and cinema due to the multipurpose nature of the room and also a desire to offer a bit more of a special movie audience experience. Films of magnificent proportions such as Space Junk 3D, To The Arctic, and The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea have their standard 7.1 audio enhanced by TiMax to provide a more immersive aural effect.
TiMax SoundHub is able to very quickly switch between various different audio routing, EQ, level profiling and spatialisation setups for different applications - LCR sound reinforcement for lectures and presentations on the main stage, 5.1 movie playback, straight 7.1 and TiMax-enhanced 7.1 which uses delay-matrix Image Definitions to blend the incoming standard 7.1 content across screen and surround channels to provide a more enveloping soundfield across a wide audience area.
With the TiMax SoundHub’s built-in timeline cue programming and multi-channel playback server any sound effects and music beds required for live performances like drama and musicals can be created and edited easily. The system was designed and installed by the TiMax SoundHub HK and PRC distributors Sound Works Supplies.
2nd July 2013
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