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d&b audiotechnik completes first ever KSL Soundscape install

German loudspeaker giant d&b audiotechnik has completed its first ever KSL Soundscape installation at Taiwan’s new Kaohsiung Music Center.

Located in Kaohsiung, the newly developed venue comprises of a vast outdoor stage HI-BREEZE Square, four auditoriums and a large main stage, HI-ING Hall. The final auditorium is located outside of the building on top of the bridge overlooking the Love River. Like the auditoriums, the main stage can be subdivided into smaller units, offering greater flexibility in its hosting capabilities. As well s serving as a tourist attraction, the venue will primarily feature live music and concerts.

The Kaohsiung City Government worked with audio professionals and a consultant to design and specify a future-proof sound reinforcement system, identifying d&b Soundscape as the ideal fit.

The Kaohsiung Music Center, along with supplier Topsound, combined d&b Soundscape immersive technology, and d&b KSL loudspeakers to create a first-of-its-kind installation. The venue features seven hangs of KSL line arrays (five for the mains, and two for outfills) to provide full-band directivity control to the space. The system is powered by the DS100 Signal Engine, an audio system processor based on a Dante-enabled signal matrix.

Also key to the installation is d&b’s En-Scene technology – a sound object positioning software tool that enables the individual placement and movement of sound objects. It depicts stage scenarios so that each sound object corresponds both visually and acoustically.

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“This venue is unique, not just in its design and construction but also because of its ability to accommodate audiences of all sizes,” said Kenny Liu, general manager of Topsound. “The combination of KSL and Soundscape has been revolutionary and provides the coverage we need to ensure every spectator has the same sound experience, whether they situated right at the front or in the back corner.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the d&b team was unable to be onsite during the installation. Instead, they provided the Topsound teams with a series of virtual training webinars.  

“We were supported by d&b every step of the way, and their online training initiatives taught us so much and ensured we felt extremely comfortable with the system,” commented Liu. “This is an extremely impressive looking venue, and we needed a sound system that would match, d&b gave us that and more, and we are very excited for audiences to experience this one of a kind system in a one of a kind venue.”

The installation completion marks the latest in a series of firsts for the German pro audio company. Last month, d&b audiotechnik announced the launch of its new subscription service. 

The service is designed to enable venue owners to upgrade their audio offering with a brand new d&b audiotechnik system without a large, upfront capital investment. The standard d&b Subscription Series plan offers customers the flexibility of a monthly payment and commitment periods as short as 24 months. The subscription fee covers all hardware, including accessories, system commissioning, post-install services, maintenance, and decommissioning. 

This announcement was preceded by the news that the company was rolling out an e-commerce platform dubbed d&b Direct. d&b CEO Amnon Harman spoke to Audio Media International about the new platform and what it means for the business in a world exclusive interview, which can be read here.

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