In the heart of Australia’s “Bushranger Country,” Brian Laurence (of Brian Laurence Sound P/L) recently completed a major soundscape project at Beechworth. The new Beechworth Historic Precinct received several 12-channel surround soundscapes, one for the Bourke Museum’s “Street of Shops,” and the Old Beechworth Courthouse, each of them recreating the sounds of the 1870s Gold Rush period.
Sound replay is from Fostex 16-channel D-160 hard-disk players, which only have unbalanced -10dB outputs. To level-match to the required +4dB to drive the power amps, Laurence Sound used two of the new ARX Level 8s line balancers per Fostex D-160 machine.
Large-screen video for the show uses 8-channel surround sound based on a Fostex D-160 time-coded to a Pioneer DVD player. Laurence sound used a Level 8 here, too, to interface the unbalanced outputs to the inputs of the ARX Ambidrive 3-channel power amplifier used for teh main L & R, plus sub, and the ARX ZA-600 6-channel power amplifier for the surround channels.