India: August 29th 2012 saw the Legendary MS. Vishwanathan perform for the first time in the Tamil Music history with his 100- piece orchestra at a large arena like at Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai. Some of the legendary singers like SP Balasubramanium, Vani Jayram, P. Susheela, AL Raghavan, Haircharan and Anuradha Sriram with many eminent singers along with the country’s top percussionist Sivamani shared the dais with maestro.
J Davis Prosound & Lighting were chosen to provide the sound reinforcement for this historical event – the second such event of its kind, the previous being Illayaraja Live in Concert where J Davis Prosound were engaged twice to do the Concert at the very same venue.
“Though technically it was a task it was quite easy for us to handle the event as we had done the same magnitude of event twice With Illayaraja earlier. So with right plans it just took us 3–4 hours to setup the entire orchestra with all line checks and couple of song rehearsals,” commented Santana Davis, Chief Sound Engineer of J Davis Prosound. “Doing a large orchestra is definitely a challenge with quite a few open mics and loud instruments on stage. But We managed it quite well and got the best out of the musicians.”
“L-ACOUSTICS V-DOSC System is a great tool to have to do such an ensemble and people are really amazed with the sound quality it delivers and leaves them wondering if the orchestra is really performing or it’s a CD Playback,” adds Santana Davis.
With great musicians and a perfect sound system the job becomes that more easier and effortless to get the sound right.
A total of 9 L-ACOUSTICS V-DOSC boxes per side with 4 SB218 Subs were deployed for as main PA. With 4 L-ACOUSTICS ARCS ARCS to fill in the centre audience area. A stacked 4-a-side V-DOSC configuration were used for the extreme Left/Right of the venue to cover the side audiences. A couple of ARCS and SB218 Subs were used as sidefills along with few JBL VRX boxes for the orchestra. The entire speaker system was powered using LA48a amplifiers.
The Main PA, Centre- and Sidefills speakers were controlled by Dolby Lake controller. Onstage L-Acoustics wedges were controlled by a BSS Omnidrive FDS 366. In total 24 monitors were used on stage, 8 Martin Audio LE 1500, 8 Martin Audio LE 2100 monitors along with a number of JBL SR Series monitors. The FOH consoles were a pair of Avid SC 48 digital desks while on the MOH it was a Yamaha PM5D RH and a Yamaha LS9 32 –channel mixing board.
XTA DS 800 along with KLOTZ Transformer Mic Splits were used. BSS AR-133 and a combination of Shure, Sennheiser and AKG microphones formed the D.I and microphone list. A total of 10 units of Shure UHF-R Series Radio mics and 8 Sennheiser G2 300 IEMs were used. Visit J Davis Prosound & Lighting at www.jdavisprosound.com It was also the first time they used complete Link subsnakes on stage and it proved quite effective and made the teardown easier.
“Overall it was a phenomenal musical event and I was really happy with the way the event went and helped us add another milestone to our company. I thank Mr. Mohan Reddy of Highlight Events for entrusting us with such prestigious events time and again and makes us feel proud about it. I also thank my team who were all out to make sure the event went smoothly,” concluded Davis.
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