Entec Sound & Light once again supplied a d&b audiotechnik system to the 2012 Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall (RAH), taking the opportunity to use the new d&b V-Series speakers as part of the main system for the high-profile event.
Entec has supplied audio to Roger Daltrey’s TCT series at the4 RAH since it started 12 years ago. For the last four years, the system has been designed and overseen by Liam Halpin for the west London-based rental company. Entec has used d&b on TCT for all 12 years, ever since it became the company's principal rental brand.
The RAH event involves installing a reinforcement system that can cope with an array of musical styles and genres – this year from Paul McCartney to Florence + The Machine, Jessie J to Pulp, plus a raft of top comedians – into one of the most acoustically demanding spaces for amplified performance.
The main PA speaker hang comprised 14 x d&b J8s per side, with a centre cluster of 6 x J-Subs, a model that has worked very successfully for the last five years. (Hanging the subs in this position provides low even coverage around the venue.) There were also four B2-Subs under the fore-stage.
The side hangs comprised six new V8 enclosures (left and right), with a pair of V12s flown at the top of each hang to spread the sound image smoothly across and around the circle. Entec’s system engineer Liam Halpin says he found immediate advantages to integrating the V-Series with their regular d&b J-Series main system. “We’ve been using J-Series in here for several years now and, like most people, use Q-Series for coverage of the sides and rear. The throw distance is short and wide and although the Q is not a perfect match for J, if you take your time in the set-up you can achieve an almost seamless transition as you walk between the fields of the two types of cabinets. The V-Series is specifically designed to compliment J and it does, perfectly.”
The whole system was powered by d&b’s proprietary D12 amps, and the time alignment was calculated in advance using d&b’s ArrayCalc software.
This year, Entec supplied a Midas PRO9 console for FOH. This was run with a KT DL431 mic splitter as the main active split to an additional I/O rack, which was used to facilitate additional elements like Florence and The Machine’s live webcast, sent via a Klark-Teknik DN9650 format converter direct to the incoming webcast console. These splits also fed into the dual redundant Pro Tools systems used to multi-track record each night’s show. The Pro Tools suites were a collaboration between Entec and FX Rentals.
A DiGiCo SD7 console was supplied by Entec for the house monitor system, built around d&b M2 wedges and C7 side fills, together with a comprehensive mics-and-stands package with all familiar brands (Sennheiser, Shure, AKG) plus a Sennheiser IEM system and Shure UHF-R hand-held mics.
Entec’s sound dept manager, Dick Hayes, comments, “We were very pleased with the performance of the V-Series and its seamless integration with the J-Series. We received loads of positive feedback about the sound generally from artists and their engineers and it is always an honour to be involved in such a worthwhile cause.”