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Allen & Heath iLive at Olympic sailing events

Both APR Audio and SXS Events chose Allen & Heath’s iLive systems for separate events run in Weymouth, where Olympic sailing events took place.

Two PA companies, APR Audio and SXS Events, chose Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing systems for separate Olympic events held in Weymouth. Somerset-based APR Audio used several of its iLive systems for the opening night at the Weymouth and Portland beach Live Site, which hosted live entertainment, welcomed the Team GB Sailing Squad, and broadcast a live screening of the London opening ceremony. APR used an iLive-176 control surface at FOH with an iLive-T112 at monitor position, some of the same kit they took to Glastonbury last year, both fed from an iDR-64 MixRack. An iDR-48 with iLive-144 was also set up to manage monitors for Eliza Carty, who headlined the opening night. Meanwhile, Bristol-based SXS Events deployed an iLive-T80 and a T112 iLive surface for FOH and monitors at the Bayside Festival, a major festival running alongside the Weymouth Olympic sailing events. The production company used their iLive system at the Royal Launch of the Cutty Sark earlier this year. “The 17 day event had a minimum of seven bands on each day, so the iLives were especially useful as they enabled us to recall settings where time restrictions meant that we were unable to do sound checks. The guest engineers also really enjoyed using it, and those engineers who normally used analogue found the transition to digital very easy,” explained SXS production manager, Justin Litten. “Furthermore, the systems were presented with another challenge, as they were exposed to Atlantic winds and salt spray for a prolonged period of time but this did not pose a problem at all!”