Brit Row, Outline GTO at the Classic Brits

Britannia Row Productions deployed an extensive Outline GTO system for the 12th annual Classic Brit Awards, which took place last month at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
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Britannia Row Productions deployed an extensive Outline GTO system for the 12th annual Classic Brit Awards, which took place last month at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Il Divo and Katherine Jenkins were among the performers during an event which also included a tribute from Dame Shirley Bassey to film composer John Barry, who passed away in January at the age of 77.

The audio side of the show was handled by Brit Row, which used a 30-element Outline GTO system flown in three ten-speaker columns, each augmented with three Outline Mantas for near-fill.

The two side hangs comprised ten Outline Butterfly elements each, while the whole system was driven by Outline T-Series amplifiers run from Dolby Lake system controllers.

“The power of the Outline GTO system provided a very large dynamic range whilst keeping exceptional detail and intelligibility. It managed to retain its warmth and subtlety at all volume levels and never became harsh,” said Colin Pink, who helmed FOH sound from a Midas XL8. (Chris Coxhead handled the orchestra mix on a Midas PRO6, while Dee Miller mixed monitors on a Yamaha PM-5D.)

Overall audio design for the event was undertaken by Derrick Zieba, who said that the GTO rig “made it easy for Colin and I to get the sound we were looking for, which for this gig is not always so simple as we’re actually trying to augment the acoustic output of a large orchestra to produce a totally natural response throughout a difficult room. The L/C/R speaker arrangement, with each hang time-aligned to separate zones, worked extremely well and the acoustic blend between the separate hangs was as good as I’ve ever heard. I really enjoyed using GTO and I look forward to doing so again.”

Summing up, Brit Row’s Bryan Grant reflected: “There’s only one way to do complex and challenging shows like this, and that is to combine a highly skilled and creative crew with the professional tools they need. The success of this year’s Classic Brits suggests that we and our team did just that.”

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