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Nautanki Mahal is an 848-seat auditourium, built to resemble an In- dian palace with traditional carvings and ornate figurines. The stage, which can be raised and lowered by hydraulic lifts, will be a platform for a variety of performances, meaning the sound system would have to cater for every eventuality. There was also a requirement for each and every seat to be +/- 1dB, not +/- 3dB (usually considered acceptable). Kingdom of Dream had to be better and louder and be able to take on any kind of performance.


The main system is based around the JBL three-way high directiv- ity mid-size line array. A total of 22 JBL VT4888 cabinets are flown over the stage, six in the centre and eight either side. Three JBL VT 4882 high power handling arrayable subwoofers are centrally sus- pended above the stage, while a further five are ground stacked. The VT4888’s and the VT4882’s are equipped with Direct Cooled cone transducers, which enable the line arrays to produce a high output. This set-up also ensures the full low end is appreciated in the balcony area and without any delay. To ensure complete audio coverage and to heighten the audience’s experience at Nautanki Mahal, it was decided that a surround sound system in the seating area would also be required. A total of 32 JBL AC18/26 compact 2-way loudspeakers were fitted in and around the seating area. Their compact enclosure means they are discreet enough to sit amongst the audience, yet their 120° x 60° dispersion pattern provides ample sound coverage.


Rajan explained the reasoning behind the surround sound: “Bolly- wood music is all about effects and the surround sound set-up really gives the audience a different feel. We have a 32-surround and each and every speaker is wired differently, so separately you can have many effects.


“It was designed that way and required that way because in Indian cinema a lot of effects are used. And now with everything going digital, you never know what new technology may arrive, so we have prewired ourselves for the future. Whatever comes we are ready and equipped for any requirement.”


In order to enhance the performers’ experience, JBL VRX915M monitors along with JBL VRX932 LA-1 2-way line array elements have been installed on stage. The speaker inventory was completed with the installation of JBL AC28/26 2-way loudspeakers located underneath the balcony. The combination of its 1-inch compression driver - which acts a its high frequency device - and its rotatable Pro- gressive Transition waveguide, produces a smooth power response and natural voicing sound, ideal for this theatrical application. And there arere further JBL AC18/26’s for front fills. David McKinney, Senior Director of Sales, Harman Professional Asia said: “The scale of the theatre alone is impressive and we were excited to be part of the team that created the ideal sound for such a grand and prestigious venue. Harman India’s technical team and team from Hi-Tech Audio did an amazing job with a project of this scale. Every part of the signal chain uses the a wide range of the Harman Professional brands and this has ensured the high quality performance throughout the venue - sit anywhere and you experi- ence the same effect in sound.”


For powering the system, Rajan and Sunny of course looked to Crown. The line array system is powered by 18 Crown I-Tech HD digital audio power amplifiers. Nautanki Mahal uses many features of the I-Tech Series to its advantage. Their peak voltage and RMS power limiting features ensures the speakers are always protected, while the front LCD panel provides fast and easy system set up thanks to its diagnostics and preset selection, a useful function when the performances are continually changing at Kingdom of Dreams. Plus the I-Tech Series has remote monitoring and control meaning the system can be controlled from anywhere in the venue. Both the surround sound system and the under balcony fills utilise the Crown XTi Series of amplifiers, while the JBL VRX915M monitors and JBL VRX932 LA-1 cabinets on stage are taken care of by four Crown I-Tech 5000 HD.


Nautanki Mahal was also equipped with a Soundcraft Vi6 large


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