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EV and Dynacord cover football fever in Germany

Parties in celebration of Euro 2012 football in Germany received pro-audio support from Electro-Voice and Dynacord.

Parties in celebration of Euro 2012 football in Germany received pro-audio support from Electro-Voice and Dynacord. In Dresden, around 12,000 football fans assembled at the Königsufer on the banks of the Elbe to follow the action. Local hire company Sound Light Event provided the sound reinforcement: “There were two major hurdles here to contend with,” reported Dirk Schiemenz, the managing director of Sound Light Event. “One was the size of the area to be covered and the other the nature of the signal, the TV commentary, itself, in which the level of background noise is generally extremely high and has to be controlled carefully.” Sound Light Event opted for Dynacord COBRA 2 systems to supply near and side fill, two XLVC line arrays from Electro-Voice with XLE 181 elements flown from the stage roof, and PWH and V17 bass cabinets from Dynacord. Electro-Voice’s P3000RL and TG7 power amplifiers, as well as Dynacord’s LX2200 power amplifiers powered the system. As stage monitors, SXA360 powered loudspeakers were used. Elsewhere in Germany, Renchen-based rental company Badensound handled sound reinforcement for two more Euro 2012 football parties: one attended by 10,000 fans in Achern and a second in Offenburg, where the capacity was 7,000. In order to control the level of sound emissions, Badensound deployed Dynacord V17, VM15, D12-3 and CXM15 cabinets powered by Dynacord H5000 amps with integrated RCM26 modules. “In Offenburg, the event was held in the middle of the city, and in Achern, on the edge of a housing estate. Our job was to ensure sound pressure levels were high enough in the areas where the fans had gathered to maximize their enjoyment without escaping sound infringing local by laws. We did this by installing line-arrays on each side of the giant screens and adding decentralized delay lines we could switch on or off depending upon the number of fans present. The subwoofers were configured to create cardioid bass arrays with their levels meticulously controlled in order to achieve a directional coverage pattern even in the low frequency range. In this way, we were able to ensure that virtually no disturbing low frequency sound spilled into nearby residential areas,” said Badensound’s Johannes Moeck. MSE Tontechnik handled the audio for a small event in Bavarian town of Burghausen. Four Electro-Voice XI1152A/64F loudspeakers flanked by four Electro-Voice Xsubs powered by MSE TG7 power amplifiers from Electro-Voice were deployed. A similarly-sized party in Straubing which took place inside the local trade fair centre, saw Michael Wittenzellner, the managing director of StereoMike Veranstaltungstechnik, achieve a high level of intelligibility by using two Dynacord COBRA Tops and Dynacord COBRA Far elements placed on either side of the screen and three delay lines composed of CXM15 cabinets. Finally, at Munich Airport, between Terminals 1 and 2, sound systems from Dynacord and Electro-Voice relayed the commentary as hundreds of travellers at a time gathered in front of the giant screens to find out how the competition was progressing. Magic Event & Medientechnik of Olching relied on an XLVC line array from Electro-Voice, comprising eight XLD281 elements per side, Xsubs, and both TG5 and TG7 power amplifiers.