CHINA: Event specialist Zenith deployed d&b audio systems during a recent celebratory, writes David Davies. A military parade, a procession of 200,000 people and a live performance show helped to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the modern Chinese state.
The discreet and subtle application of technology were among the priorities for the main audio system around Tiananmen Square, which saw Zenith use a set-up based around nearly 50 boxes of d&b J-Series loudspeakers.
Daniel Chan from d&b China and Hong Kong tells PSN-e: "This special event for China has been a perfect example of why the J-Series has been such a big success for us. The event featured many musical styles - pop, opera, stage musical, Chinese traditional, and also some speech-elements. J can do them all, and do them very well."
The sound design was devised by independent consultant Jin, Shao Gang, who noted that he had to cover an approximate 100m throw with the multiple stacks of four J8s: "Of course there were other PA systems on the outer reaches of the square - these too were provided by Zenith - but the central area was most important [for it was here] where the singers would perform and the heads of State were sat to watch from above."
Other key elements of the audio system for a show that featured 58 of China's top singing stars included two DiGiCo SD8 consoles at FOH, plus an SD7 for monitors. Light Viper was employed to run signal around the system, while the stacks were controlled using the d&b Remote network with an R60 interface.
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