48TH UAE NATIONAL DAY CEREMONY
Betty Productions created and delivered the official ceremony for the 48th UAE National Day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The show celebrated some well known traditional stories from the region in a beautiful event. Scroll down for more details.
Our loudspeaker system consisted of three parts; a distributed ground stacked system, a delay ring and a distributed system for the VVIP tribune.
The distributed ground stacked system provided coverage of the lower bowl and consisted of 12 arrays of three K2 and four SB28 subwoofers for a total of 36 K2 and 48 SB28's. The delay ring consisted of 12 arrays of six L-Acoustics KARA for coverage of the upper bowl seating.
The distributed stereo loudspeaker system in the VVIP tribune consisted of 16 L-Acoustics X8 loudspeakers and six SYVA SUB's for the front row and 150 L-Acoustics 5XT loudspeakers for the remainder of the audience. Each 5XT was mounted on a small plinth and cabled in an alternating left / right configuration. The placement provided one 5XT between two VVIP guests.
Audio control system
We used a mirrored pair of DiGiCo SD5 consoles taking the replay system inputs via MADI. The signal distribution system consisted of multiple DiGiCo SD Racks for inputs and various Optocore network devices distributing the outputs to LA-Rack's around the venue.
Show Control Systems
We used a dual-redundant pair of Ovation systems by Merging Technologies operated by Steve Logan, probably the most experienced playback operator in the world. The system consists of a purpose-built Windows 10 computer running Ovation, the Horus audio interface delivering 128-channels via MADI, the Ovation keyboard and KVM per system.
48th UAE National Day Official Ceremony broadcast cut
The people and companies that made it happen.
A huge thanks to Catherine and Kate from Betty Productions for inviting us to be involved in this project and congratulations to the whole team for delivering a beautiful piece of stadium theatre.
The Audio system was designed by Scott Willsallen. Our team also included Fabio Venturi on FOH, Steve Logan and Federico Rizzi on replay, Martin Dineley on systems and Tim Summerhayes looking after the broadcast mix.
Thanks to Andy Jackson and his team from PRG Delta Sound for supplying, installing and maintaining the system for us.