FOH L&R = 12x GEO T per side
OUTFILL = 14x GEO T per side
CENTER CLUSTER = 6x GEO T per side
SUBS = 6x RS18 Per Side
Camco Amps and NEXO NX242 TDcontrollers
When it was first opened, one of the first of its kind in the region, Arena of Stars was equipped with a state-of-the-art audio system from NEXO – the now-legendary Alpha system. Last July, Genting Malaysia Berhad once again appointed NEXO to meet its sound requirements, upgrading its amphitheatre system to stay in line with the latest audio technology.
The Arena of Stars upgrading project was undertaken by NEXO’s Malaysian Distributor Audio Solutions Sdn Bhd who supplied and installed the system, while testing and commissioning of the system were done by Scott Mason and Stuart Kerrison from NEXO.
Rico Yong, sales engineer at Audio Solutions Sdn Bhd said, “To ensure that our solutions met the objectives of the venue’s management, we used NEXO’s NS-1 simulation and configuration tool. This enabled us to configure our speaker systems for optimal performance offering uniform SPL coverage. Arena of Stars is a large venue; the software provided us with the correct configurations to ensure exceptional coverage with minimized sound reflection and even coverage.”
This time round, the speaker system consists mainly of the NEXO GEO Ts. The GEO T4805s were extensively used as they are compact with extremely high-output and, because of their size, lighter and easier to rig. The 5° Hyperboloid Reflective Wavesource in the GEO T4805 is optimized so that multiple GEO loudspeakers coherently radiate tangent wavefronts, allowing these curved vertical arrays to deliver consistent front-to-rear SPL across all coverage areas.
The flown Center cluster consists of 4 units of the 8” NEXO GEO T4805 5° array module with 2 units of 8” NEXO GEO T2815 15° array module that are controlled by NEXO’s NX242-ES4 processor
The flown Left Main and Right Main cluster consists of 10 units of the NEXO GEO T4805 with 2 units of NEXO GEO T2815 that are controlled by NEXO’s NX242-ES4 processor. The Left and Right Side Fills consist of 12 units of the NEXO GEO T4805 with 2 units of NEXO GEO T2815 that are controlled by NEXO’s NX242-ES4 processor whereas the Front Fill consists of the previously existing NEXO PS15s and the CAMCO DX24 power amplifier that were upgraded with NEXO’s NX242-ES4 processor.
Sub-woofers placed at ground level under the main cluster were configured as left and right with 12 units of the NEXO 18” RAYSUB 18PT controlled by a NEXO NX242-ES4 processor The Ray Subs provide high sound pressure level output and offer long-throw even coverage. All audio signal is managed by an XTA DP 448 system. An existing Midas Heritage 4000 was used for FOH mixing whereas a new Yamaha PM5D was purchased for monitoring that was supported by a NEXO NX-Y16ES 16 channel Ethersound digital interface. The managing and controlling of the Ethersound network was done by an Auvitran AVE-Es monitor system.
The team from Audio Solutions completed the project within two months, ensuring minimal downtime. NEXO continues to provide the Arena of Stars with a world-recognised audio technology solution, which continues to provide international artists with the right complement to their performances.
NEXO thanks Thomas Richard of Entertainment Technology Asia magazine for his kind permission to use his article.