A wealth of leading pro-audio companies saw their systems specified during the 16th Asian Games, which took place in Guangzhou, China, late last year.
MIPRO was among the audio suppliers, with a variety of its portable PA systems deployed during the evening of the closing ceremony. Equipment including 10 sets of MA-808s and 20 sets of MA-708s was provided by MIPRO China to assist with a variety of traffic management/public order tasks.
“We are glad and honoured to support such a wonderful sporting event,” said MIPRO China MD Donn Ho. “Clear and powerful audio output, [ease of] carrying and movement, and high efficiency amplifier and speaker make the MIPRO MA-Series wireless portable PA system always the best choice and helper for government, military, sporting events, search & rescue, and venues where good quality speech announcements are a requirement.”
Lawo also had a high-profile Asian Games, with broadcast coverage making extensive use of the company’s digital consoles. Host broadcaster Guangzhou Games Broadcasting (GAB) appointed a host of OB specialists, many of whom deployed Lawo desks, ranging from small zirkon consoles to large-format mc²66 MKIIs.
For coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies, Ding Run supplied two 40-fader mc²66 MKIIs, subcontracted from Audio Broadcast Services GmbH. The desks were installed in two audio cabins built by GAB: one for 5.1 surround sound mixing, the other for full redundancy.
Chinese broadcaster CCTV and Korean company KBS both covered events using mc²66s, while mc²56s were on duty at the Huangpu Sports Centre Gymnasium and the Guangdong International Boating Centre.
Other sports to be relayed via Lawo systems included volleyball (Fujian TV), football (Guangxi TV), baseball and softball (Tianjin TV), and handball (Hangzhou TV).
Meanwhile, Riedel Communications installed a comprehensive venue communications for the Games, as well supplying the intercom for the opening and closing ceremonies – a combination of wired and wireless technologies.
For communications infrastructure purposes, Riedel provided Performer digital partyline systems and more than 600 beltpacks. The intercom system for the ceremonies was based around a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system comprising two mainframes connected via fiber, approximately 20 Artist 1000 series control panels and some 75 Performer digital partyline beltpacks. In addition, s Riedel RockNet installation provided audio routing over fiber at the ceremonies with a set-up of ten RockNet 300 input and output modules and four RockNet fiber converters.
The company also handled the installation of the analogue radio network that was integrated into the wired infrastructure via RiFace interfaces.
“Opening and closing ceremonies are always a really demanding task as there is absolutely no room for failure. Thanks to the elaborate redundancy concept in Riedel’s Artist digital matrix intercom system, [it was possible to have] the operational reliability we needed for this event,” says Richard
Serschen, rental project manager at Riedel Communications.