d&b provides sound for Electric Avenue Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand

d&b audiotechnik delivered for the Electric Avenue Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand with this year’s event drawing record crowds of 25,000.

Western Audio, the audio supplier for the Park Stage, recommended the SL series [KSL and GSL] from d&b audiotechnik to provide the stage with powerful, dynamic and flexible sound. To ensure the same remarkable quality of sound was delivered to every member of the audience the crew relied on d&b’s line array optimisation software function, ArrayProcessing, and noise prediction software, NoizCalc.

Richard McMenamin, director, Western Audio Engineering, said: “To enable the festival to go ahead, strict council noise limits needed to be met. ArrayProcessing and NoizCalc were vital in the planning stages of the event to model and mitigate any noise issues before they were encountered. GSL and KSL were chosen for the Park Stage due to their superb sound quality and their excellent pattern control.”

Artist and sound engineer Tiki Taane, was in a unique position to experience the full potential of the GSL and KSL systems, both whilst performing on the Park Stage and mixing FOH sound for the headline act, Shapeshifter, on the same stage.

Electric Avenue presented the team at Western Audio with multiple audio challenges seeing as how it is a multi-stage festival held in the middle of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Taane commented: “The d&b SL System was next level huge. The clarity and frequency response to all the little mix adjustments I was making was unbelievable. I do a lot of EQ filter sweeps on the synth bass, and also on the reverb return channels for those exciting moments in the songs, and the energy coming from the d&b system was mind blowing. There was so much head room and fatness that I was more than happy with sitting the mix at 109dB at mix position, knowing that there was still more in the tank for those big moments.”

Taane also commented that for such a large crowd, the feedback they received from the festival goers was extremely impressive, even for those who were positioned way in the back, well beyond the delay lines.

Photo CreditL Ingmar Wein

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