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No clipping at Cutty Sark launch

An Allen & Heath iLive T112 and T80 were deployed by event production company SXS for the Royal Launch of the restored Cutty Sark in April.

Sound for the Royal Launch of the restored Cutty Sark – one of the fastest tea clippers in history – was handled by Bristol-based event production company SXS. The event was attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and took place at the Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich.

The £50m restoration project followed an early morning fire outbreak which caused extensive damage to the 143-year-old clipper back in 2007. The relaunch event included a 90-strong symphony orchestra and a 400-strong choir. SXS provided sound reinforcement and technical production for the event, including construction and dressing of a dais stage.

The PA chosen was a new Martin Audio W8LM line array system supplied by dealers, LMC Audio. A total of 12 W8LM Mini Line Array enclosures in two hangs were specified, with two W8LMD Downfills at the base of each hang. This was driven by Lab.gruppen FP series amps and controlled using XTA DSPs.

Over 50 input channels were fed into an iLive T112 (again supplied by LMC) for the main mix. An iLive T80 was used for a separate live recording mix for later publication. Johnny Palmer, production manager at SXS commented, “The iLive has become an extension of our team. Many of our projects have complex routing demands and it is important to me that I can provide other contractors with the feeds they need quickly and efficiently on-site. With the 24 outputs on the iDR48 we are never short of outputs to media break outs, foldback, external recordings and audience zones. We simply could not offer this level of flexibility with even the largest analogue consoles.” Photo credit: Johnny Palmer