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LibertyX immerses Sky Portal visitors within Yamaha solution

LibertyX immerses Sky Portal visitors within Yamaha solution
The entrance of the lift at the bottom of the Observatory Tree

LibertyX immerses Sky Portal visitors within Yamaha solution


Since opening in 2012, Gardens by the Bay has established itself as one of the nation’s most popular tourist attractions. Comprising three waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central – the nature park offers visitors a vibrant horticultural oasis of floral displays and lush greenery. Located within the Gardens, the Supertree Observatory by the Bay recently called upon IcebergX to assist with launching its Sky Portal experience for visitors.

Founded in 2014, IcebergX promotes dynamic immersive solutions for environments, media, events and spaces. Based in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, sister company Iceberg Design represents one of the region’s foremost postproduction companies for television, cinema, content compositing, colour grading, 2D and 3D animation, editing and special FX.

For the Supertree Observatory, the combined teams were briefed to transport visitors into another dimension between thoughts, people, visions and worlds. With a panoramic backdrop of the Gardens from the Supertree Observatory, IcebergX was tasked to create a new dimension from the lofty platform. Artistically assisted by Shuhaimi Latiff and Jon Griffin, project director Francis “Kitaro” Tan and manager Nezam Mohd Noor created content of the earth that represents gateway openings and discoveries.

AR panels inside the lift
AR panels inside the lift

Following discussions and demos with IcebergX’s team, Yamaha Singapore proposed an AV solution for this new futuristic installation. Based on the client's expectations for the audio system, a Yamaha MTX3 matrix processor provides zoned signal distribution and system alignment throughout the attraction. IcebergX musical director and sound creator Mark Baptist produced the sound effects for the attraction. Full-range reproduction of the immersive experience is output to the network of Yamaha VXS and VXC series ceiling speakers.

“From the audio design perspective, it was imperative that the system would need to be capable enough to translate the immersive experience to the audience,” commented IcebergX CEO, Alvin Yeo. “This not only meant that a high-fidelity speaker installation was necessary, but the expert calibration of such a system by trained and experienced audio professionals would be just as crucial.”

Following approval of their concept design, the integration of the technology was completed over a five-month period by LibertyX’s team under the guidance of project executive Farid Samsuri, technician Zhukree Abu Ghazali and programmers Loi Hui Min and Nur Akmal. “The adoption of easy to install technology together with reliability and service were the overriding factors in awarding Yamaha Singapore with this project,” added Yeo. “In addition, the level of support for the brand and the product was also taken into consideration. As the installation was intended to be a permanent fixture, long-term support for the audio products was seen as a major benefit.”

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The sonic environment created by the Yamaha speakers enhances the immersive experience within the Supertree Observatory installation. The visitor’s journey commences in the lift where VXS1MLB and VXS3S surface-mount speakers are powered by an XMV8140 amplifier during the 50m ascent. Inside the AR panels zone, a combination of VXS3F and VXC4 speakers augmented by VXS10S subwoofers are powered by XMV8280 and XMV4140 amplifiers. System output presets for these zones are stored in the MTX3 processor. In addition to the impressive audio experience, LibertyX also added four 88-inch LG displays for digital signage in addition to a videowall display consisting of dual 55-inch HD displays. 

“The central focus of our concept was to create an optical illusion,” further explained Yeo. “We achieved this by taking a live feed depicting the original state of the planet on the ground before gradually increasing the AR levels to shock visitors about the destructive role that climatic change is now playing. In that respect, the challenges we faced related to both content and hardware. For the content, we had to consider how realistic our rendering of the illusions would be to the human eye. In terms of hardware, we needed to showcase content in very intimate, tight spaces onsite. We achieved this as the individuals in our team including the creators, editors, visual artists and sound designers excelled in their delivery.”

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