The PA People has invested in a Bose ShowMatch Delta-Q array loudspeaker system for its Event Communications department. The system was added to The PA People’s rental inventory following a recent successful bid.
‘We were asked if we would like to bid for the provision of audio and comms supporting the Sydney Kings home games at Qudos Bank Arena, and it seemed like a great opportunity to invest in a speaker system to support our communications system offer,’ explained Chris Dodds, managing director of The PA People. ‘I first heard the ShowMatch system before its release and I was impressed. We had used a demo rig on a show earlier in the year, and we recently installed a small system at Riverside Stables. We were again impressed at what we heard.’
The PA People has adopted an entirely Dante-based signal distribution network for Kings basketball games, as the system is set up and taken down on a regular basis. The system includes a Yamaha QL console and a pair of Rio1608 boxes to distribute the audio for the video replay systems, the OB trucks and the Bose PA setup.
‘The rig for the Kings consists of six arrays, each comprising eight ShowMatch cabinets and a cardioid bass array of three 18-inch SMS118 subcabinets,’ noted Mr Dodds. ‘Each pair of main arrays uses a different combination of SM5 (5°), SM10 (10°) and SM20 (20°) cabinets to achieve the appropriate vertical dispersion. We have then selected 100° waveguides for the SM5 and SM10 cabs, and 120° guides for the SM20s. That way we are able to match the dispersion of each cluster to the requirements of the venue in both vertical and horizontal planes.’
Four SM20 enclosures were also installed on the lower ring of the gondola to bring the sound image courtside for those seated nearer the action.
The PA People also supplies a Clear-Com communications system for games that is formed from a Delta matrix frame, V-Station matrix panels, Helixnet digital partyline beltpacks and an integrated FreeSpeak II wireless solution.
‘Having the Freespeak system fully integrated with the Matrix panels and the partyline provides us with a level of functionality we haven’t achieved before at the Kings, and the wireless coverage is fantastic in a venue where many other suppliers have failed,’ said Matt Byles, technical director for Great Big Events, the presentation partner for Sydney Kings.
‘Basketball is one of the few sports that can capitalise on an indoor environment and we are able to deliver a sonic experience that amplifies the entertainment value built around our home games,’ noted Don Elford, group marketing manager at AEG Ogden, the venue management company that oversees the Qudos Bank Arena and the majority owner of Sydney Kings. ‘Our conversations with The PA People and consequent partnership with Bose identified that we could work together to exceed our sound expectations.’
The purchase of the Bose system marks a return to the large-scale audio rental market for The PA People. ‘We left the market with the sale of our iconic Turbosound TMS-3 rig in 1995,’ said Mr Dodds. ‘It is great to be back in the space with a new market leading sound system.’