Gangneung Ice Arena installs audio system

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A new 12,000-seat arena in the city of Gangneung on the east coast of South Korea has selected Community audio technology for intelligibility, sound levels and coverage. Gangneung Ice Arena is a new indoor venue which has been built for world figure skating and short track speed skating events in 2018 – and as a permanent legacy facility for local recreational use.

The Gangneung Ice Arena has a seating capacity of 12,000 and houses two 60 x 30m ice rinks, for competition and training respectively. With four floors above ground and two underground, the state-of-the-art arena has been designed using an environmentally friendly ice-cooling system.

The sound system for the Gangneung Ice Arena was designed and supplied by Inter-M Corporation, assisted by Desco during installation. The Inter-M design was accurately calculated for the required intelligibility, sound levels and coverage, and was based around Community R Series loudspeakers.

For the main competition rink, Inter-M used 40 R2-694Z high-power, full-range, three-way loudspeakers to achieve the required sound levels and coverage. These are supplemented by four R2SUBDF subwoofers, which add low frequency extension and impact for wide bandwidth, high-quality music. The system is controlled from a Midas PRO2/IP console, with Symetrix Edge DSP. Lab.gruppen C 28:4 amplifiers power the Community loudspeakers.

The training rink uses a less powerful but similar system, to give skaters consistency of audio quality for training and competition. In the training rink, Desco used 14 R.25-94Z and eight R.5-94Z. The training system also uses a Midas PRO2/IP console, Symetrix Edge DSP and Lab.gruppen C 28:4 amplifiers.

Inter-M’s selection of loudspeakers for this world-class venue was based on the need for high-quality speech and music, power and accurate coverage. Additionally, while Gangneung Ice Arena is an indoor venue, ice rinks present challenging climatic conditions and this additionally made the all-weather R Series their ideal choice.

August 23, 2017

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