The new building of Heung Yee Kuk in Shek Mun is 10 times larger than the previous one in Kowloon Tong. The three-storey building, adopting traditional Chinese architectural design, includes a 1,300-seat auditorium, a multi-purpose hall, a library, conference rooms and function rooms. It not only carries out advisory function of the statutory body, but also promotes the traditional culture of indigenous inhabitants of the New Territories.
We were brought on site quite late in the day to supply and install audio, video and lighting systems but coped well in implementing multi-purpose sound design for this building.
The auditorium is mainly for ceremonies and various arts performances like Chinese opera. Six Duran Audio AXYS T-2112G2 three-way speakers were installed respectively on the left and right of venue. Each cabinet contains a 12-inch driver providing direct radiating coverage of 70° (H) and 60° (V). Complementary to these 12 speakers are eight AXYS B-07G2 single 18-inch subwoofers.
A Yamaha PM5D digital console and DME64N mixing engine communicate with the PA system via an Aviom digital snake. Three Pro64 A-Net I/O cards are used supporting up to 48 channels in and 16 channels out simultaneously, which allows remote control of the 6416M mic preamp settings from the PM5D using the Pro64m-control software.
An AKG DMS 700 digital microphone system provides up to 155MHz frequency range of transmitters and receivers. The digital audio transmission eliminates distortion and significant noise levels at high audio frequencies. DMS 700 provides an encryption system to support maximum security during transmission.
The smaller multi-purpose hall is equipped with two systems - one for cinema and the other for conferences and debates. Two AXYS Intellivox-DSX280 column speakers provide speech intelligibility with vertical beam shaping.
In addition to AKG DMS 700, AKG GN30E gooseneck microphones with CK 47 capsules are in use for conferences and debates in the hall. The gooseneck comes with an integrated XLR connector for quick set-up and take-down. The microphones are matched with Yamaha LS9-32 digital mixer with built-in USB memory recorder / player.