Dream Island, an entertainment complex in the Nagatinskaya floodplain on the banks of the Moskva River, Russia, has been sonically boosted by the addition of Outline Professional Audio acoustic solutions. The Italian manufacturer’s sound systems have been deployed within the theme park’s Dream Theatre, to power holographic shows, concerts and film screenings, as part of the main installation project.
The theatre’s ‘sound reinforcement system’ consists of a L-C-R Outline Mantas 28 line array setup with four 18in SUB 118 subwoofers per side (L-R). Along the perimeter of the hall there are 24 additional full-range acoustic systems: six Vegas 24 speakers mounted in the stage barrier for front fill, and eighteen MVFX101 boxes on the walls of the audience hall for surround sound channels or to work together with the main system through the delay lines.
All acoustic systems are powered by Outline X8D and Powersoft Ottocanali 8K4 DSP+D multi-channel amplifiers with built-in DSP and Dante protocol support, whilst the whole system is driven by an Outline Newton 16+8 FPGA-based multi-source processor, which makes it possible to switch operatively between different operating modes of the system.
Design, supply and installation of the sound, lighting and video equipment for the 600-spectator Dream Theatre was committed to Sofit Light, a renowned Russian integrator and Outline’s distributor in Russia. The company’s specialists took part in the development of the project, delivery and installation of the theme park’s background sound system, technical support for the main attractions, multifunctional holographic show, theatre and concert venues.
The well-known American architectural bureau Cunningham Architects, which has such successful parks as Disney California Adventure Park and Havoc in Heaven in Guangzhou in their portfolio, was originally invited to develop the project. The bureau designed not only the architectural concept, but also the main engineering sections, including lighting and sound.
The theme park is part of a huge renovation project of the former ZIL industrial area covering some 600 hectares. It is divided into four areas: sports grounds, a residential complex, a stadium and the Dream Island entertainment complex. It includes Europe’s largest indoor theme park, a city promenade and a 44-hectare landscape park. The complex has dozens of attraction rides, restaurants, cafes, a multiplex centre with seventeen cinemas, a concert hall, playgrounds for outdoor activities and sports, various shops and retail outlets.
The 300,000 sq m indoor all-season amusement park with breathtaking rides has nine theme zones. Four of them are owned by foreign copyright holders: Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Consumer Products; The Smurfs’ Village – IMPS SA; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Viacom International Media Networks; Hello Kitty – Sanrio GmbH. The other five have a concept of their own: ‘Dream Race’, ‘Snow Queen’s Castle’, ‘Mowgli in the Land of Dinosaurs’, ‘Fairy Village’ and ‘Abandoned House’.
“We were given the task of creating a multipurpose hall that would be used not only for the holographic shows several times a day, but also for live music concerts, cinema and other types of events,” explained Alexander Klinushkin, Outline’s representative in Russia. “This is why we have decided to combine line-arrays and surround sound systems, and to use Vegas 24 as front-fills. The Newton processor makes the whole system run smoothly in any configuration you may need.”