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Mackie brings wireless mixing to Britannia Stadium

Polar Audio supplied a DL806 with iPad control to the 28,000-seat football ground in Stoke-on-Trent, UK.

The Britannia Stadium, the 28,000-capacity home of Premier League football club Stoke City, has been kitted out with an iPad-controlled Mackie DL806 digital mixer supplied by distributor Polar Audio.

Stadium announcer Steve Buxton – also head of PR, event, and media management at Stoke City – is relishing the newfound mobility given to him by the DL806: “Being, in every way, so much closer to the action makes a huge difference. I’m now physically at the centre of things, and that allows me to respond to events and convey information without the previous toing and froing via the walkie-talkie.

“Part of my job is also to help build the atmosphere before kick-off, so to be pitch-side rather than high up behind glass really helps me to feel properly part of what’s going on.”

The DL806 allows its user to combine a digital mixer with the ease and mobility of an iPad – and, in Buxton’s case, to mix from anywhere in the stadium. It includes eight Onyx mic preamps with 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters.

“This was a relatively small-scale solution to a major headache,” comments Paul Heath, director at HSL, who recommended Polar Audio to Stoke City, “and it serves as a good illustrator of how choosing the right technology is the key to a successful outcome.

“The Mackie DL806 is a versatile piece of kit and has more than proved its worth at the Britannia Stadium. Steve can now concentrate on the job in hand from the thick of the action without all the previous hassles.”