The Royal Visit in May of 2012 was an event to remember.
Crowds gathered to the Saint John waterfront to see Prince Charles and Camilla make their way through Saint John’s historic streets.
With a large scale event comes daunting production challenges.
SSI Audio provided complete AV support for the event with 6 stages running simultaneously.
Key Products to facilitate the event include the following:
-Electro-voice Speakers, processing and amplification.
-Barco C11 LED Screen
-Stageline Sl100 and Sl50 Mobile Stages
-Soundcraft and Yamaha Digital mixing consoles.
“With such a high stress event, time management and the right selection of gear and crew are key” says Lee Forster, Owner and Production Manager at SSI Audio. “We knew that time would be working against us, as the royals visited from one stage on to the next, consecutively. We certainly appreciate all the efforts put forth by all involved” says Forster. “We are just happy that the sun was out, and the event was such a success”.
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MONCTON, NB CANADA — Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, including boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay Thai, kick boxing, taekwondo, karate, judo, kung fu and other styles.
The sport is growing in popularity and recently Elite 1 MMA returned to the Redball Internet Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick (Canada) for its "Redemption" titled show and championship welterweight title bout. Elite 1 MMA productions started to explore the option of bringing its casino-based event into a 360-degree arena. The requirement for the sound reinforcement was to cover the audience with the energy like a small theatre naturally produces. Moncton-based SSI Audio (Sound Specialists Inc.) received the contract to facilitate “in the round” production.“When I was first approached with the idea, I knew that these types of shows go beyond the mat," says SSI Audio production supervisor (and acting production manager for the show) Evan Cormier. “I needed to make sure the audio system was punchy and loud. But I also needed to ensure the coverage was adequate for a 360-degree arena.”
His choice for the show was a Kling & Freitag SEQUENZA 10 line array system with K&F's NOMOS XLC subwoofers. Once Cormier entered all data of the venue into the proprietary K&F CON:SEQUENZA simulation software, he noticed how easily six boxes covered the vertical plane. With two different horizontal coverage patterns, 77 degrees and 100 degree in the same series, there is no need to use additional bumpers or other materials, just simply click and fly the system. “The rigging on the SEQUENZA 10 system is definitely a game changer: no more pinched fingers and fighting with pins, it is definitely the safest and fastest system on the market – period!” The entire 360-degree SEQUENZA line array system with NOMOS XLC subs was managed by the intuitive K&F CD Remote software to set up and control the K&F SystemRacks driving the loudspeakers. “I still cannot believe how far the SEQUENZA 10 system throws, from the back of the arena all the way to cage side, I had adequate coverage and tons of head room, truly a pleasure to mix on such a system.” The SEQUENZA 10 system was delivered by Sennheiser Canada.
The event was also streamed live on the website Go Fight Live (www.gfl.tv). Promoter and owner Mike Williams was impressed and very satisfied that SSI Audio was able to “connect” the audience in such a big room. This was a major concern, as Elite 1 MMA had previously built a great reputation from matches in the small theatre they previously booked and he wanted to retain that same intimacy and impact in a larger venue.For more details about Kling & Freitag, visit www.king-freitag.biz
With Electronic and dance music being at the forefront of this project, having the ability to reproduce this demanding style is never an easy task. We chose our small Electro Voice XLD Line Array System to carry the music into the night.
Another area of focus is visual. With video being as important as the disc jockey, it is no wonder that we needed our BARCO C11 LED wall for the job. With its flexibility and rigging capabilities, we were able to orientate the screen into 6 vertical columns, and 1 horizontal square. The processing allowed us to create 1 large image, or several small images.
Thanks to much pre planning and rigging plots, another successful weekend was had by all.