Audio for Christmas lighting 2 – Outline, Powersoft in NY22 December 2009
US: An Outline sound system was deployed at the lighting ceremony of the Christmas tree at New York’s Rockefeller Center, reports PSN-e. Arguably the most celebrated public Christmas tree in the world, the Rockefeller Center illumination ceremony included performances from Aretha Franklin, Shakira and Alicia Keys.
Audio company Production Resource Group (PRG) handled sound for the event – which was dedicated to US servicemen and – women – with a rig of Outline Butterfly and mini-COM.P.A.S.S. Vertical Line Arrays.
"I chose the Butterfly system because we needed a line array that was compact in design and high-powered," explained PRG sound engineer Matt Bell. "We hung all of the systems from Genie lifts, so we were limited to how much weight we had available. The Butterfly system allowed us to hang the correct amount of cabinets to cover the space. We were all very impressed with the coherence and intelligibility at 70 meters for such a small array. The frequency response was very flat and stable which allowed me good SPL levels without interfering with the broadcast mix. This added to the success of the event. My thanks go out to everyone at Outline for their help and support."
Providing amplification were eight K6 series amplifiers from Powersoft, about whom Bell noted: "Powersoft amplifiers significantly reduce the disadvantages of long cable runs and deliver ample power with an extraordinary damping factor for an extremely tight bass response. If we had to supply the many satellite towers with AC, the job would have been overwhelmingly difficult and, indeed, dangerous with such a large crowd. Powersoft was the only amplifier that is designed to handle this unique situation."