This year’s iTunes Festival, currently being held until the end of September at London’s Roundhouse, has seen a departure from its usual sound reinforcement systems.
For the last few years, the Chalk Farm venue has been the domain of Martin Audio, firstly with the W8LM and then the MLA line array. This year has seen the arrival of Clair Brothers kit. Although both Concert Sound Clair and Live Nation were not at liberty to comment on the equipment until after the series of concerts ends, this correspondent speculates that the main rig comprises six i212 line array elements per side, with four of the larger i3 boxes flown beneath as downfill; side arrays appear to be six boxes of i208 per side. Further Clair boxes – possible R2D-III – supply balcony fill. Avid D-SHOW desks were spotted at FOH. Though no one would officially comment on the change in PA specification, a source close to the Festival suggested that, with high-profile international acts including Lady Gaga, Elton John and Katy Perry on the 2013 bill, Live Nation has flexed its considerable muscle and insisted on the presence of a suitably heavyweight PA company for the gigs. Pictured is Ludovico Einaudi and his band, who played on 17 September. Meanwhile in the production area elsewhere on the Roundhouse site, Quested monitoring and a DiGiCo SD7 desk are being used to produce the mixes for Apple TV – according to Quested’s Facebook page. “Has anyone heard the surround mixes on Apple TV broadcasts this month from London? They sound amazing, but with V3110s, twin 18" Subwoofers and S7Rs, they can hear EVERYTHING!” says the accompanying comment.www.itunesfestival.com