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Billion-dollar Chinese resort invests in Apex and DiGiCo

Asia's largest ski resort, Changbai Mountain International Tourism Resort, features a performing arts theatre, which has been equipped with Apex audio processors and DiGiCo mixing consoles.

The first phase of China’s 20 billion yuan ($3.16 billion) Changbai Mountain International Tourism Resort opened in 2012, featuring five-star hotels and Asia’s largest ski resort. A centrepiece of the development is a performing arts theatre – Changbaishan Grand Theatre – which has been equipped with Apex audio processors and DiGiCo mixing consoles.

Changbai Mountain is located on the border with North Korea. A 494,000-acre nature reserve is located on the Chinese side of the mountain, which already attracts tourist from around the world. The newly established resort has 26 miles of ski runs and is expected to draw many more visitors.

The Changbaishan Grand Theatre has been built as part of the comprehensive accommodation and entertainment facilities availbale at the tourism resort.

Built by the Beijing Aotewei Development Company, the theatre features a cutting edge audio specification, supplied and installed by Rightway Audio Consultants, one of China’s leading professional audio distributors. The company specified five Apex Intelli-X 48 processors and DiGiCo SD8 and SD10 mixing consoles.

The four in, eight out Intelli-X 48 provides the entire range system management tools necessary for comprehensive system alignment and EQ, including IIR and FIR-based crossovers. Featuring internal processing up to 192 kHz as standard, high-end studio-grade analogue circuit designs and mastering-grade compressors, it sets offers high quality system management and speaker processing design, but is simple to integrate into any network and also to operate.

“Audiences will be visiting the theatre from across the world and so it is very important that everything is of the highest quality, to ensure that they want to visit again,” commented April Fung, Rightway business development coordinator. “We specified Apex and DiGiCo equipment because it delivers optimum audio quality and ensures the system can be used for any kind of production.”

DiGiCo’s SD8 and SD10 deliver all the facilities that Front of House and monitor engineers need for every type of live event, combining what is said to be an exceptional specification with intuitive operation and a compact footprint. The onboard Stealth Digital Processing provides unparalleled sonic quality and processing power, making sure that every show at the Changbaishan Grand Theatre has a great sense of occasion.

“It is very important for the theatre to attract high calibre performers. DiGiCo mixers are well-known and used on the highest profile shows, so they were an obvious choice,” added Fung. “The system has been working perfectly and the theatre is very happy with the results.”