After four years’ construction, the Lavina Mall is the largest shopping and leisure centre in the Ukraine. It is home to the Galaxy Amusement Park, – among the largest indoor theme parks in Europe – where MAG Audio has installed an elaborate audio system.

Galaxy Amusement ParkA consistent soundtrack is integral to the amusement ride experience and at Galaxy, and is delivered via a network of more than 400 loudspeakers installed 20m up in the ceiling and zoned across the indoor park and its attractions. Driving the audio across the vast space are just four Powersoft Ottocanali 4K4 amps.

‘The key factors to winning the deal were performance and price,’ says MAG Store field service engineer Igor Sydorenko, the project manager, responsible for project’s design and implementation. ‘The power capacity and complement of eight channels in the Ottocanali series saw the entire, huge, installation fitted with just four amplifiers. Other amplifiers just couldn’t compete, and integrators had significantly higher prices as they were forced to specify many more amplifier units.

‘The tender specifications explicitly stated onboard DSPs and central remote control via PC over the entire sound system, so Ottocanali and Armonía were perfectly suited to meet the demands of the project.’

The Kiev Mall is set to attract 100,000-plus customers per day so is aptly named as, translated from Russian, ‘Lavina’, means ‘Avalanche’. Galaxy is uniquely positioned to entertain the visiting masses with 20 attractions all specifically designed for indoor use. Not for the faint-hearted, however, Galaxy is home to Europe’s longest rollercoaster, at 395m.

Along with the ceiling height, noise generated by the moving attractions demanded considerable SPL to deliver important messages – and alarms, should the need arise.

Sydorenko maintains that delivering uniform performance in terms of sound quality and SPL over the entire area would have been ‘impossible without the remote control Armonía offers.

‘Also, with eight channels and great power in each channel, the installation was simplified using just four Ottocanali 4k4 providing all the necessary zone controls and SPL capacity.’

The Ottocanali series provides a wide range of functions for tuning, controlling and diagnosing the entire audio system. Fitted with the latest DSP to provide signal processing at new levels of innovation, including flexible routing and mixing via an internal I/O matrix, equalizers, delays and raised-cosine filters, compatibility with the Powersoft Armonía Pro Audio Suite reinforces its reliable control.

Armonía allows for remote control of the amplifiers via a Wi-Fi connection and as such, delivers essential freedom of movement, without which the management of a system on this scale, with speakers and audio cables installed at great heights across a vast area, would be impossible.

Using Powersoft Armonía, audio engineers and technicians can conveniently be at any part of the full system, controlling the system parameters with a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Furthermore, access to features can be controlled according to levels of competency. When the more complex feature sets, including filters, limiters and parameters are delivered these can be secured for access by skilled personnel only. Untrained personnel or technicians can perform essential actions such as volume-, zone- and full system-control, without fear of compromising more critical areas of control through accidental access.

More: www.powersoft-audio.com

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