04.12.14

Media, entertainment and audio on board the Quantum of the Seas

What is being billed as "the world’s most futuristic and advanced ship" recently set sail from the Papenburg, Germany shipyard where it was built. Anna Mitchell gets the exclusive on media, entertainment and audio systems on board.

Cruise line brand Royal Caribbean International recently unveiled a new class of cruise ships, starting its line-up with the high-tech Quantum of the Seas. The ship boasts virtual balconies, staggering entertainment venues and a capacity of nearly 5,000 people.

Multimedia and entertainment systems were deployed by German integrator Amptown System Company (ASC), while technology provider FUNA took on architectural lighting, dimming and on board communication systems.

PA/GA system
FUNA, which has a long history of developing public address and general alarm (PA/GA) system’s on cruise ships, installed QSC’s QSys within the Quantum of the Seas.

Its installation incorporated nearly 100 separated loudspeaker networks (zones), more than 70 music groups, an amping power of more than 115,000 W and more than 13,000 loudspeakers.

The system is based on a redundant fibre optic network with a redundant QSC Core 4000 operating as the main processing unit of the system. It is equipped with 17 paging stations with custom designed touch panels with external alarm functionality.

All audio and control signals are shared between the QSys components wihin the QLAN Ethernet network, so that analogue audio signals inside the PA/GA system could be totally omitted.

A detailed write up on ASC’s work on board the ship can be found in the November issue of InAVate magazine, which you can read online now.

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Tech-Spec
Audio

Allen&Heath Mix Wizard consoles
APG line arrays
DiGiCo SD5, SD8 and SD11 mixing desks, SD racks
KV2 Audio speakers
Meyer Sound M’elodie and Mina line arrays, UPJ, MM4 and MM10 loudspeakers, Galileo 408
QSC Q-Sys platform
Shure UHF-R wireless microphone systems
Yamaha 01V96i consoles

Video
AJA Ki Pro Player
Christie projector
Coolux media servers, Pandoras Box and Widget Designer software
Daktronics LED screens
Elation LED walls
Gefen KVM extenders
Panasonic projectors

Lighting
Elation
ETC
Martin Professional