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The Music Hall on Ovation of the Seas

The premises
The two-floor Music Hall is the central event venue on board the Ovation of the Seas and offers shows, comedy, and live music, and can even be reconfigured on demand as a large-scale discotheque. Its design is reminiscent of the House of Blues in Chicago. This is an ambience which can be found in the same form on other Quantum Class RCI vessels; the modifications on board the Ovation of the Seas are due to upgraded technical components. On the upper level, guests can watch the goings-on on the floor below over a drink. The lower level of the Music Hall has an amply stocked bar bordering on a dance floor. There is also space to play pool; numerous arcade games are set up at the back of the Music Hall and a wide entrance leads into the neighboring Royal Casino.

The task
ASC installed all of the lighting equipment, the sound system, and the projection and control equipment in the Music Hall on behalf of Meyer Werft and in close collaboration with the Entertainment Team at Royal Caribbean International. All of the sound and lighting control functions in the Music Hall are integrated into a comprehensive network based on the QSC Q-LAN protocol.

The solution
The Music Hall control center is equipped with a DiGiCo SD8-24 audio console. This is located in one corner of the stage and dancing area so that it takes up as little room as possible. Sound technicians can use an iPad connected to the DiGiCo console by WiFi in order to get a precise assessment of the sound. This allows technicians to adjust sound settings while listening to the sound in the middle of the public area. The sound concept in the Music Hall consists of four Meyer Sound 600 Compact high-power subwoofers, two 500 Compact HPs, eight M´elodie speakers, six UPJ-1P Vario speakers, three UPQ-1P wide coverage speakers and five UPM-1P active speakers. The speakers are controlled using a Meyer Sound Galileo 408 speaker management system. ASC used professional components belonging to the Shure UHF-R series to set up the wireless equipment integrated into the Music Hall, such as receivers, pocket transmitters, and microphones. This makes it easy to set up, control, and monitor live acts using the Wireless Workbench software, and it guarantees a broad switching bandwidth and very good sound quality.

The Music Hall features a Panasonic PT-RZ12KU with WUXGA resolution for projections, which, unlike conventional projectors, has a laser light source and so does not require regular bulb changes. Video content is delivered by the Broadcast Center. The projection equipment is connected to the Broadcast Center by fiber optics.

As in all Quantum Class vessels, electricity is generated on board the Ovation of the Seas. It is therefore crucial that the products used are equipped with high-end mains adapters, not only for the sound equipment but also the lighting. The spotlights used in the entertainment areas are the same as ones used on land. At the shipping company’s request, ASC employed LED equivalents of most of the conventional lighting components. Because the LED lamps emit less heat, the air conditioning does not have to work as hard, which further reduces overall energy consumption on the ship. The ETC Source Four which is installed everywhere, including the Music Hall, is LED-based and guarantees brilliant lighting. Elation Platinum Sport LED Pro II and Platinum Wash ZFX Pro Moving Heads are also employed to great effect. Flashing effects in conjunction with DJ and disco sounds are delivered by a powerful Martin Professional Atomic 3000 DMX stroboscope. A HOG 4 Road Hog 4 digital console is used to control the lighting. Conventional dimmer cabinets did not need to be used on board the Ovation of the Seas. What sets maritime usage apart is the way equipment has to be attached, since in heavy seas, lamps (and speakers) have to be adequately secure in order to be safe. A relatively small installation depth in ceilings also requires special attention since there is rarely more than 100 mm available on board.

The stage in the Music Hall is designed for variable use: business presentations are held there, as are cooking shows, duty free sales, fashion walks, dance performances, and yoga courses. All of the equipment needed for bands and DJs to perform is at hand.

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    Music Hall

    The Music Hall is one of the five main entertainment areas on board the Ovation of the Seas and provides a venue for variable live events.

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    Music Hall

    View of the Music Hall with its projection area and stage on board the Ovation of the Seas.

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    Music Hall

    Numerous arcade games are set up at the back of the Music Hall and a wide entrance leads into the neighboring Royal Casino.

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    Music Hall

    The Music Hall’s control room features the DiGiCo SD24-8 digital concept for perfect sound, a digital HOG 4 Road Hog 4 for perfect lighting, and a range of LED spotlight components.

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    Music Hall

    The Ovation of the Seas features what the ship technicians refer to as the ‘ASC Entertainment Network’, an audio, video, and control network whose tasks include transporting Q-LAN data belonging to a QSC Q-SYS network.

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    Music Hall

    The dance floor in the Music Hall is sensationally illuminated using Martin Professional Atomic 3000 DMX strobes.

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    Music Hall

    The dance floor in the Music Hall is sensationally illuminated using flash effects produced by Martin Professional Atomic 3000 DMX strobes and lighting effects courtesy of Elation.

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