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E&E looks to JBL for Gateway Theatre audio improvements

E&E looks to JBL for Gateway Theatre audio improvements

E&E looks to JBL for Gateway Theatre audio improvements


Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd (E&E) has completed an audio upgrade for Singapore based creative arts company Gateway Entertainment (GE). Located at the heart of Bukit Merah Central Singapore, GE is a multi-theatre venue that serves as a creative arts space promoting made-in Singapore works and talents of all cultures. The original building was demolished and following redevelopment in 2014, a new nine-story venue in Bukit Merah Central was constructed. Known now as Gateway Theatre, the creative arts space features a 922-seat theatre and 207-seat Black Box theatre, as well as a Sky Garden for open-air performances and events and multi-purpose studio spaces.

Home to conferences, performances, product launches, film screenings and more, Gateway Theatre planned to upgrade the audio systems at the main theatre and Sky Garden in a bid to enhance the overall user experience. “Sound is a key element in a staged production. In our theatre and art spaces, it plays a critical role in defining the mood of any performance,” says Boon Bing, technical manager of Gateway Theatre. “We are pleased that E&E was able to understand that and deliver expert advice and recommendations with JBL’s product range. At Gateway Theatre, we strive to provide consistently stunning world-class sound, elevating performances here through our carefully calibrated audio system and bringing immersive experiences to our audiences.”

The main theatre is an intimate two-tiered space that has now been upgraded with JBL Professional VTX A8 8-inch loudspeakers and VTX B18 arrayable single 18-inch subwoofers, installed to improve linearity and provide a wider dynamic range inside the theatre. Additionally, JBL VRX928s, a compact two-way curvature line-array speaker, has been deployed for front-fills and under-balcony delays. The entire system is powered by a Crown I-Tech 4X3500HD four-channel amplifier equipped with on-board DSP.

In addition to the main theatre, the venue also features a Sky Garden, a unique beautifully landscaped green space with lawns, shade trees, water feature and outdoor stage. A JBL CBT1000 and CBT1000E high-powered column speaker system was chosen for this space to provide full-range sound while blending in with the environment. The wide horizontal coverage of the CBT1000 provides sound distribution across the 100-seater space and the CBT1000E provides low frequency extension down to 38Hz.

Being a popular venue within Singapore’s art scene, E&E managed to conduct these installations with little or no disruptions to ongoing venue bookings. Strong collaboration between Gateway Theatre and the installation team enabled the works to be completed successfully despite disruptions during the Covid-19 pandemic where material shortages and shipment delays were inevitable. “Having been involved in the original installation, we are pleased to be back to update the speaker systems in the various venues to better meet the needs of Gateway Theatre and their clients,” said Gary Goh, CEO, Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd. “We are hugely grateful for the trust that the Management of Gateway Theatre have placed in us over the years, paving the way for this upgrade.”

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