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Prism Sound, Funktion One at Glasto 2010

Speculation about the line-up for the 2011 event has already begun in earnest, although organiser Michael Eavis has confirmed that the Glastonbury Festival will take a break in 2012.

A joyously rain-free Glastonbury Festival was headlined by acts including Stevie Wonder, Gorillaz and Muse. Details of the audio systems used at the event have begun to emerge, with Prism Sound announcing that its Orpheus FireWire Interface made its Glastonbury debut as part of a deployment by Funktion One.

The loudspeaker manufacturer used the Orpheus with its Ambisonics rig in The Glade area. Opting to use a FireWire DAC to stream audio from software applications, Funktion One’s Tony Andrews and John Newsham auditioned a number of interfaces before deciding upon the Orpheus.

“The Orpheus left everything else standing,” said Andrews. “It delivered exceptional audio quality throughout and was particularly smooth on the higher frequencies without compromising the bass. With Orpheus as part of our audio chain we believe this year’s Glastonbury audiences will enjoy a new level of high frequency presence and clarity.”

Commenting on Funktion One’s decision to employ an Orpheus interface, Prism Sound’s sales and marketing manager Jody Thorne remarked: “Funktion One has a real reputation for sound quality in the field of PA/touring rigs and we really value the endorsement Tony and John have given us by choosing to include a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire interface into their pioneering Ambisonics rig. Our design philosophy has always been one of zero-compromise, and although Orpheus was initially targeted at the recording studio market, we recognise that it also offers huge advantages to live sound and playback applications where there is equal need for a high quality audio interface. We are therefore delighted to be associated with a live sound company that strives to put audio quality first and has chosen Orpheus because it best fits their criteria.”