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Stagetec Asia ushers in new era for Wisma TV Theatrette

MALAYSIA: Nestled within the core of Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) in Kuala Lumpur, the Wisma TV Theatrette recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. Distinguished by its exquisite rosewood and mahogany interior, the 27-seat venue is exclusively reserved for VVIPs, including the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (Malaysia’s head of state), ministers and other dignitaries.

Used for private, exclusive events and activities within the broadcasting and media domain, the multipurpose Theatrette screens films and hosts presentations and insightful seminars amongst a multitude of other experiences. Balancing sixty years of history requires sensitive, technical modernisation. In collaboration with system integrator Integrasi Naluri Sdn Bhd, Stagetec Asia was requested to upgrade the Theatrette’s audio, video and workflow systems. Upon being commissioned for the works, Stagetec Asia’s technical director, Leong Tong Sing, recalled the Theatrette’s original audio system.

“The Theatrette’s audio setup was dismantled and replaced with both a Dolby Atmos and a traditional cinema loudspeaker system for hosting varied events,” said Sing. “These two systems can be effortlessly switched at the press of a button. Having routed a new cabling infrastructure, both configurations operate over a AES67 format and Dante network, which paves the way for future AoIP solutions.”

With the addition of Dolby Atmos technology, the audiovisual upgrade at the venue represents a significant advance in the auditory experience. In this mode, a Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor CP950A outputs to a QSC SR 800 loudspeaker system powered by four QSC CXD 4K8 amplifiers. For non-immersive events, the main L-C-R QSC cinema speakers located behind the screen augmented by dual subwoofers can be activated. The audio inputs are mixed on the controls surface of a Yamaha QL series digital console for outputting to either speaker system.

A combination of Sennheiser ew G4 wireless and gooseneck microphones have been supplied as part of the package. A QSC Q-SYS Core 110f processor connected to a Netgear managed switch is routed to a wall mounted Q-SYS touchscreen. From this interface, the operator can access the controls to the Christie 4K7-HS projector. Rounding off the audiovisual inventory, an Atlona AT-OME-PS62 6×2 AV matrix switcher enables 4K/UHD 4:4:4 chroma video output to the Christie projector in sync with the Dolby Atmos audio.

Sing noted the change in operations of the iconic RTM Theatrette: “The technical integration Stagetec Asia installed heralds a new era for the Wisma TV Theatrette, which can be considered an emblem of modern presentation and immersive storytelling.”

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