The third floor of Taipei’s Nan Shan Plaza – the second tallest skyscraper in Taipei after Taipei 101 – has been created as a vast and open exhibition space. With ceilings at an impressive 8.5 meters in height, the venue occupies a total of 56 square meters but, features no beams or support columns, creating a challenge to any sound design proposal.
With the prestigious space earmarked by Taipei City Government to host an event cooperative to the New Year fireworks countdown, the challenging space required a sound system that was compact and stable, which to audio installation company, Imagepro System Technology Corp signaled Powersoft amplification.
Working hand-in-hand with Imagepro’s Yung-Chin Hsu and the Plaza’s project leader Wen-Shan Tseng, Victor Shih of Powersoft’s distributor in Taiwan, Seapower Technology planned and designed a discreet sound system in accordance with the requirements of the space, built around the efficiency of just three Powersoft amplifiers, controlled by Powersoft’s simple and easy-to-use, ArmoníaPlus software.
In just two months the team had created an audio environment with in-depth but simple control that delighted the customer. The event management team within the Taipei Nan Shan Plaza are very happy with quality of the Powersoft products and the sound performance.
The main PA serving the exhibition hall is comprised of a left and right pair of Peavey VR-112 line-arrays featuring four cabinets per side, each flown with a VR-218F sub. This high output array was matched with a single Dante enabled Powersoft X8 amplifier. As Imagepro’s Hsu explains, “We considered only the Powersoft X8 for this position, as the top amplifier in the world. Providing eight channels of up to 41,600W output power under the impedance of 2 Ohms: this is amazing efficiency that only Powersoft can reach so easily.”
Transforming the multi-functional space from an art exhibition hall into an arena with more punch, a further 16 Community Professional DP8 pendant loudspeakers are ceiling-flown. Powered by a Powersoft Quattrocanali 2404 DSP+D four-channel matrix amplifier, this supporting audio system can be mixed in with the main system for flexibility and added reinforcement for press conferences and larger events.
With stage monitoring also accommodated and powered by a single, highly efficient Powersoft M-Series M50Q DSP+ETH system the exhibition hall scales up in capability to host exhibitions and concerts.
Powersoft audio control systems feature patented SRM (Smart Rails Management) technology which maximizes efficiency and drastically reduces power consumption in any load and usage conditions. Whilst Powersoft’s X Series leads the way in amplification with its innovative integration of a worldwide compatible power-box and a full feature DSP, Quattrocanali stands equally from the crowd, offering the lowest thermal dissipation in the industry, reducing the need for external cooling devices.
With the advanced DSP capabilities of the amplification linking seamlessly with Powersoft’s ArmoníaPlus software, the operator is granted in-depth control and monitoring of the full audio path. With Armonía, the ability to tailor the sound and manage the system is possible from a remote, decentralized location.
However, within the venue, the easy-to-use Powersoft’s Armonía interface ensures the simple transition to each different audio set up as even non-technical operators can easily switch to the right audio configuration determined by the style and size of event; a feature that ensures all events, including the recent New Year countdown fireworks, will dazzle and inspire.