A Mackie DL1608 digital mixer has been deployed for FOH at Warsaw’s Polish National Philharmonic Hall. The mixer was specified by FOH engineer Michal Ostoja-Ostaszewski (pictured), who was approached by the National Philharmonic to assist with their concerts. "I was excited, but I also knew it would be a challenge to create a scenario which would please everyone,” said Ostoja-Ostaszewski. "I had to make a lot of compromises - a lot of experiments with long, hidden snakes and bad mix positions. I was considering investing in digital snakes, but I knew even that wasn't the solution I was after. What I wanted was the freedom to move away from the mix position, and hear what the audience was hearing." Ostoja-Ostaszewski began working on a prototype of a small wireless mixer controlled by an iPad, “then I heard about the Mackie DL1608. It was like a dream come true! I couldn't wait to get my hands on one," he said. The DL1608’s Master Fader app has enabled Ostoja-Ostaszewski to set up and control all aspects of the mix via the iPad wireless interface. "I can sit with everyone else in the audience during the concert and have total control over the sound on the stage. I can move around and check the sound from other parts of the hall, and have total control from anywhere." In fact, said Ostoja-Ostaszewski, his impromptu mix positions have earned him some quizzical looks: "The funniest thing is to watch people's reactions when they see me in the audience. They think I'm just some guy playing games on his iPad during a serious concert." www.mackie.com
Fantastic: EM Acoustics and DiGiCo at the Royal Albert Hall
The UK premiere of Disney’s Fantasia: Live in Concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall launched EM Acoustics new HALO Compact system, and was mixed on a DiGiCo SD5 console.