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The inauguration of the memorial dedicated to Sheikh Zayed

Done + Dusted UK created a spectacular and emotional inauguration of The Founders Memorial that celebrated the life, influence and legacy of Sheikh Zayed. The centrepiece of the memorial is The Constellation, a work created by Ralph Helmick, contains 1,327 geometric shapes suspended on 1,110 cables to create a series of evolving personal encounters with Sheikh Zayed’s image. The video below is the broadcast cut with English subtitles.

The Founder's Memorial: Headliner
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The Founder's Memorial: Headliner

Multiple loudspeaker systems

The loudspeaker system was a variation of a typical left / centre / right system. We used a ground stacked array of six L-Acoustics K2 on either side of the monument for all music and sound design content with a centre sub-bass array hidden beneath the stage consisting of six SB28 subs. 

The centre channel consisted of single L-Acoustics KARA elements mounted between the stairs of the stage as the zero-time source with 300 L-Acoustics 5XT loudspeakers and 300 JBL Control series loudspeakers distributed throughout the audience area providing one loudspeaker between two guests. The centre channel contained only voice content including narration, interviews with colleagues and friends of Sheikh Zayed and voice recordings of Sheikh Zayed throughout his life. 

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The Founder's Memorial: Headliner

Audio control system

We used a mirrored pair of DiGiCo SD5 consoles taking 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.

The Founder's Memorial: Headliner
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The Founder's Memorial: Headliner

Show Control Systems

We used a dual-redundant pair of Ovation systems by Merging Technologies programmed by Steve Logan and handed over to Martyn Ward to operate. The system consists of a purpose-built Windows 10 computer running Ovation, the Horus audio interface delivering 128-channels via MADI, the Ovation keyboard, Avid Artist control surface and KVM per system.

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The Founder's Memorial: Headliner


The people and companies that made it happen.

A huge thanks Ian, Simon, Hamish, Nick and the whole team at Done + Dusted for involving us in this project. Congratulations on delivering a really amazing project that was a joy to deliver.

Our Client

The Audio system was designed by Scott Willsallen. Our team also included Richard Sharratt on FOH with Steve Logan and Martyn Ward on replay.

Our Team

Thanks to Andy Jackson and his team from Delta Sound Dubai for supplying, installing and maintaining our small but complex system for this important event.

Our Supplier

The Founder's Memorial: Testimonials
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