British comedian, Russell Howard, is in record breaking mode with his sold-out 10-day run of his “Round the World” tour at the Royal Albert Hall. The same show also took the record for the largest number of EM Acoustics HALO-C elements – 110 in total – for a single show.
System design and equipment supply was courtesy of RAH veterans, Dave Shepherd (who acted as system tech) in conjunction with Delta Sound. Delta Sound’s senior project manager and sound engineer, Stephen Hughes,
explained that the “Round the World” tour wasn’t just named for its global reach, but also for the fact that the
entire show is performed in the round, and therefore the production required a sound design capable of meeting
those requirements. They turned to Delta Sound thanks to their longstanding experience in the venue.
“Our extensive use of HALO-C for all our other configurations in the venue, not to mention the fact that it is now the RAH’s installed PA system, made it a natural choice for the final system design,” said Hughes.
“The use of low-flying screens and pyrotechnics added to the challenge of making a 360-degree experience sound crystal clear, despite the competing technical resources in the air and the venue’s famously challenging acoustic. However, HALO-C is renowned for its laser precision and accuracy and we are very experienced in the venue, so we were confident that we could make it work and sound fabulous.”.
The final design deployed 110 boxes of HALO-C distributed across six hangs of sixteen cabinets each, with a smaller array of six boxes to cover the seated auditorium stage and four boxes per side to cover the choir stalls.