A SOUND system worth $6 million may provide the answer to the noise problem faced by the Urban Council's Countdown to '95 party in Victoria Park. Special amplifiers from America, designed to focus sound in certain areas, are to be drafted in for the occasion. The relatively small speakers will have a huge advantage over normal systems - a very narrow broadcast area, with a field of amplification only 30 degrees wide. That means the New Year's Eve audience will get the full benefit of the music, while residents nearby will hear virtually nothing. Eight microphones around the park will feed sound levels back to a main computer, and staff on surrounding buildings will also monitor noise levels. For sound designer John Scandrett, himself specially imported from Australia for the occasion, the challenge is to keep audience and residents happy. He said: 'Our aim is to achieve the most even distribution of sound quality in the audience area. 'And apart from designing the sound system for the audience, we are also concerned about the residents. We have to be very careful of the sound limit.' Controlling noise will be made even trickier for him with music shows in three separate areas. As well as the concert, dance music will be played in the middle of the park, and there will be live radio broadcasts. Mr Scandrett said: 'The concert system is designed to reach just beyond the audience. 'In the dance tent, the sound will be focused inward so it doesn't come back towards the stage. 'The radio stage only requires about [40 metres] of sound so it will be focused down into the crowd and away from the buildings,' he said. Organisers of the event have decided to make only random checks of revellers' belongings for alcohol in order not to slow down the flow of people coming in. Last year, all bags were searched at the entrances. Senior Superintendent Gilberto Jorge, Eastern District Commander, said: 'We will ask them to put down alcohol before entering the park. And we will order drinkers showing disorderly conduct to leave the venue immediately.' No alcohol will be for sale and drinking will not be allowed inside the venue where 250 uniformed police will be on duty, with Police Tactical Unit officers and detectives. Other improvements include more entrances, more ticket checks, and moving from muddy ground to the better-lit venue.