Belfast PA company, Wackiki, deployed its Allen & Heath GLD digital mixing system, comprising the GLD-80 mixer and accompanying AR2412 remote I/O rack, on the recent Arenacross UK tour, which visited seven arenas from Belfast to Wembley, showcasing an international line-up of pro racers and freestyle motocross experts.
Wackiki hire manager Steve Woods, explains: “We chose GLD because of its small footprint and I/O processing abilities. The use of compressors, high pass filters and four-band EQ on each channel was a must. With some venues posing difficult cable runs, we liked that the GLD only required a single CAT5 to connect the stage box, instead of multiple cables like most desks.”
“The truck pack was also very tight with the amount of truss and PA involved, and the only way the tour budget would work was if all the sound and lighting production fit into one truck. The GLD 80 offers a small case for the control surface, a stage box that fits into the RF rack and a single CAT5.”
Pro racers from ten countries came together for the events, with French two-time European SX champion Fabien Izoird (Apico LPE Kawasaki) emerging victorious ahead of Australian Daniel McCoy (MBO Sport ASA Yamaha) and another Frenchman, Cyrille Coulon (SR75-Molson Suzuki).
Woods continues: “We utilised the GLD's I/O in the back of the control surface for the hand held radio mics and IEM systems [were used by the] race officials and announcers. Having the radio mics in view of the operator was necessary to monitor the RF signal strength because of the long distances involved with announcers on the opposite side of the arena. Having iPad software available for use was also key because of the mix position. The operator was often behind the PA where it was difficult to tell what the PA sounded like to the audience.”
“We purchased our GLD thinking we would use it for small concerts but we soon learned it was perfect for all of our corporate work and specialised tours like Arenacross UK,” concludes Woods.