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Delta Sound’s Dubai extravaganza

test 2 December 2008

UAE: The audio company helped to launch ‘fantasy hotel’ Atlantis, The Palm, reports David Davies. Regarded by many as the focal point of the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah, the hotel was launched on October 20th with an eye-catching demonstration of son et lumiere attended by a host of high-profile figures.

The audio system for the event was provided by Delta Sound, which has recently expanded its Dubai office.

“We started the project pretty much with a clean slate,” recalled Delta Dubai’s Andy Jackson, who served as sound designer and project manager for the Atlantis launch. “We knew there was going to be a large audio-visual content and we knew that there would be some serious pyrotechnics involved. Those were the things that were set in stone as far as the sound design went. Things evolved over the next eight months, but we also knew fairly early on that there was going to be a major artist performing. The sound design had to cover all those aspects and preferably not double up on systems.”

The major artist in question was Kylie Minogue, whose engineers brought in their own DiGiCo SD7 and D5 consoles as local console to dovetail with Delta’s own D5 (at FOH) and the 5.1 system installed for the overall production. Other core FOH equipment included two RADAR V 24-track hard-disk machines, brought out from Delta’s UK head office and employed primarily for the 20-minute 5.1 surround piece that provided the show’s climax.

Noted Jackson: “We were the source of all timecode, which we distributed to everyone else – pyro, lighting, projection, show callers, etc – so when we hit the button, we effectively blew up The Palm!”

The main loudspeaker specification was built around left and right hangs of L-Acoustics V-DOSC, with centre and rear clusters of V-DOSCs. SB28 subs, ARCS, KIVAs, KILOs and dV subs were also utilised as part of the main set-up, while the monitor system comprised 16 Audio Analyst 12FRs and was controlled from a Yamaha PM5D. L-Acoustics amps were used throughout.

“Everything went extremely well, the client was very happy, and we’re now looking forward to our next project,” concluded Jackson.

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