Alexandra Park Raceway

Alexandra Park Raceway Alexandra Park Raceway

"The Soundweb London system is at the heart of the audio network and incorporates the background music system, conference centre functions and race night audio for seven conference rooms, bars, main audience stands and function areas."


Alexandra Park Function centre and The Auckland Trotting Club becomes the first BSS Soundweb London installation in New Zealand by selecting a Soundweb London solution as the foundation for its audio distribution requirements.

As part of its commitment to providing customized audio solutions to the world’s leading facilities, JANDS and Magness Sound Ltd are pleased to announce that the Auckland Trotting Club and Alexandra Park Function Centre in Auckland have taken delivery of thirteen BSS Soundweb BLU devices featuring Harman HiQnet™ control protocol.

The Auckland Trotting Club was founded in 1890 and is one of Auckland’s leading horse racing venues. The site which provided earliest racecourse competition was on the property of the Potter family, who became managers for the base of the trams and the draught horses which pulled them - hence 'Potter Paddock' and 'Tramways Corner'. Blessed with the bulk of the nation's population to draw on, the Auckland Trotting Club has steadily gone from strength to strength, featuring weekly race nights of Harness racing competitions. Alexandra Park Function Centre, located in the grounds of the Auckland Trotting Club is one of Auckland's prime function venues and has a choice of seven rooms catering for between 50 and 500 guests with individually tailored menus and packages, and free car parking for up to 1700 vehicles with easy access from both the Auckland CBD and motorways.

The Soundweb London system is at the heart of the new audio network and incorporates the background music system, conference centre functions and race night audio for Auckland Trotting Clubs seven conference rooms, bars, main audience stands and function areas. The venue is spread over five levels with four BLU-80 and one BLU-32 processors located around the venue. Eight BLU-10 remotes are located in each conference area and allows volume control and music sources to be selected, additionally each room has four to eight local inputs that can be configured by the conference staff for functions and events. These local inputs are configured so they take priority over the background music source that is currently playing. All audio is transmitted digitally over the audio network using Cobranet, the system is configured so that a total of sixty eight inputs and seventy six outputs are distributed around the venue.

In addition to the conference centre inputs, there is a sound control room from where technical staff mix the various track and race commentary feeds onto the Soundweb cobranet network. The HiQnet London Architect software’s comprehensive logic and preset recall facilities have been configured to allow the technicians to assign specific race and program material to each of the conference rooms or public areas over the course of a race night. The technicians also have access to a full PFL monitoring system so that any input and output can be listened to from a local speaker in the control room.

Peter Magness from Magness Sound in Auckland approached JANDS with the initial design requirements for the project which incorporated existing amplifiers and JBL Control contractor speakers. Magness Sound has been the sound contractor to the Auckland Trotting club for over 50 years and was looking for a very flexible, easy to use, distributed audio system using the latest technology. The requirement was for multi-room individual systems integrated with a venue wide system using a standard digital audio transmission protocol such as Cobranet. Of great importance was the ability of local controls to be monitored and adjusted from a central control room. The combination of London Architects monitoring, logic and preset setups met and exceeded the requirements of the Technical staff, Function Centre staff and the Racing Clients.


Installed by Magness Sound

Design, programming and commissioning assistance by Jpro