A recent celebratory event in Machu Picchu – which is regarded as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – featured a DiGiCo SD8 at the core of the audio specification.
On 7 July this year, to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Machu Picchu’s rediscovery by North American adventurer and archaeologist Hiram Bingham, the city held a spectacular show involving dance, lights, fireworks and music.
Andrés Cuadros and Guillermo Riera, owners of rental company Red Power, provided sound and lighting equipment for the event, which featured Peruvian singer Tania Libertad and the Cusco Symphony Orchestra.
Versatility, sound quality, a compact form factor and ease of transportation (the 15th Century Inca site is located some 2,430 metres above sea level!) were among the benefits of using the SD8 for this historic project.
“I used 56 inputs on the SD8,” explained Cuadros. “Two for playback, two for video sends, two for Tania Libertad, and two for FX audio. All of this was via the eight inputs in the console, with the other 48 via the MADI Rack for the orchestra and musicians.
“For outputs I used two for Tania Libertad for her Sennheiser in ear monitors, two for the main PA, one for an FX system, one for a monitor send that was 400 metres away from us using a wireless system, two for a TV recording and eight for orchestra and musicians’ monitors.
“I handled the PA, TV recording and monitors all from the same console, using two snapshots for the recorded and live sections.”
Summing up, Cuadros noted that “everything worked perfectly. This was a project that required our strongest effort and we were supported by our fantastic team. I believe that we have managed something that would have been impossible without the latest technology and the SD8 played an integral part.”