BANK OF CHINA'S AUDITORIUM
Hong Kong has long been known for its breathtaking skyline, and the compelling geometric profile of the I.M. Pei-designed Bank of China Tower is a prominent jewel of the city's glimmering urban landscape. Occupying the top floor of this 70-story masterpiece is a large multi-use auditorium and meeting space, used for a variety of banquets, meetings, and other special events.
The space has recently been outfitted with a new sound system centered around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live digitally steered arrays. The system includes four IC16-R-II columns, providing eight steerable beams to cover even the room's most problematic spaces.
"It's a very live acoustical space, with an open overlook and high glass windows, and achieving good spoken word intelligibility has been a challenge," explains a spokesperson from Audio System Consultants (Asia) Ltd., the company behind the system design and installation. "The Iconyx steered beam technology enabled us to focus the sound directly on the areas where the audience is seated, and away from the windows and reflective surfaces."
A pair of IC215S-R subwoofers provides low frequency reinforcement, creating a powerful and portable full-range system for musical performances as well as spoken presentations. A Rane HAL3 multiprocessor is used as a front end for connecting microphone and line inputs. The system is easily controlled via tablet, laptop, or other external devices.
The new sound system has been in use for several months, and has received high marks from both client and guests alike.