The Bangkok headquarters of TMB – previously known as the Thai Military Bank – is a 33-story building located in the Chatuchak district of the city. Inside the facility is a 500-seat, multi-purpose auditorium on its seventh floor that hosts conferences, press events, presentations, and even live music.
“The auditorium at TMB sees some very diverse use and it gets quite busy,” said Alfonso Martin, Head Engineer at Sonos Libra, the contracting firm that designed and installed the Dante-based audio network. “It may seem a bit strange at first to think of a bank seeking out this level of audio capability,” Martin said. “But banks are associated with having extremely impressive technology, not just related to their banking, but in all levels of their work.”
Martin explained that the bank required a highly-customizable solution as the auditorium occasionally needs to reposition its equipment – and that needed to be accomplished with little effort. Further, the system needed to be capable of a quick upgrade if a demand for such a change arose. Specifically, Martin said, the system needed to be capable of adding additional remote I/Os.
Martin and his team ensured the bank can swiftly and effectively alter the configuration of equipment by simply plugging into an available network port. Patch panels can also be quickly set up, Martin said, allowing for even greater flexibility. Because the network reaches beyond the auditorium, the ability to add sound to other areas of the facility is quickly realized without additional cable pulls.
So far, the network supports two Lab.gruppen D80 amplifiers; one Lab.gruppen D120 amplifier; one Allen & Heath DM0 rack with new 64×64 Dante Cards @ 96kHz; six Xilica Rio R22-WP-X in-wall Dante I/O panels; and a computer with Dante Virtual Soundcard. Martin expects more Dante enabled components will be added.
“It really is a system that solves all the problems,” Martin concludes. “They can easily press a pre-programmed button to host an event. They can utilize a plug-and-play system to add more devices. It’s very much a thing of beauty to see a Dante system in use like this, and seeing the customer being so happy with the results.”