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Behringer chosen for live BBC Radiophonic Workshop gigs

Erica Basnicki 29 July 2013
Behringer chosen for live BBC Radiophonic Workshop gigs

The reactivated Radiophonic Workshop (RWS) has enlisted Behringer’s X32 digital mixing console and Eurolive active loudspeakers for a series of upcoming electronic music events.   This year marks the 50th anniversary of the BBC’s Doctor Who — an institution that the Radiophonic Workshop’s music helped propel into the consciousness of the British public.   In addition, the RWS will also be curating and headlining a mini-festival celebrating the Workshop’s legacy and its return to the stage at the London Roundhouse in November.   As well as two sets from the RWS and guests, the event will feature a recreation of the Radiophonic Workshop in 5.1-surround sound that the audience will be able to interact directly with. The on-stage mix, FX and monitoring will be handled by the X32 console and the S16 and P16 stage units.   The current RWS on-stage rig consists of a Behringer X32 digital mixing console, two S16 digital snakes, the Powerplay P16 personal monitoring system, Eurolive B812NEO active loudspeakers and B1800D-PRO active 18" subwoofers for the entire audio distribution.   Mark Ayres, chief tech for the RWS, was clear about what he wanted from a digital desk. “Any system we used had to be incredibly versatile, intuitive and responsive to the demands we make of it in the challenging modern live environment. We had to interface up to 32 channels to one computer, and bus the 5.1 surround mix from another. We needed a highly flexible routing system to allow us to easily switch the shows from mono to 5.1, to use our own PA or the venues’ local FOH or a combination of the two.   “In the Behringer X32 we found the ideal on-stage mixer, and we found that our other needs have been easily met by the addition of the Behringer S16 stage boxes, P16 monitor distributors and associated personal monitor stations. These products deliver the perfect integrated solution for us. In using the X32 I found it easy and intuitive to navigate; it has quickly become an integral element of our touring rig. The X32 has been a revelation, and most of all, we enjoy using this gear."  

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