Tromso, Norway (August 18, 2014)—Under the direction of Andrew Eljas, the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra along with a choir and ensemble of Norwegian musical performers accompanied the 41st World Chess Olympiad tournament, using three SSL Live consoles to power the performances.
Provided by Bary Sales AS in Oslo, the FOH and monitor SSL consoles shared 64 inputs from the band and soloists on stage, while the third Live was used to submix 86 orchestra channels down to six stereo stems. Engineer Espen Andersen was at the helm of the orchestra console, delivering the stem mixes to the main FOH console. The layering, VCA and snapshot automation capabilities of Live were utilized to control both the mix and solo portions.
Additionally, FOH engineer David Solheim and monitor engineer Stig Kamonen each used Live’s automation to store and recall scenes; Kamonen's monitor console was running a total of 71 mix busses, feeding effects, in-ear monitors, wedges and personal monitoring systems.
Each of the Live consoles used included onboard Blacklight II I/O. The system was also comprised of six 32 channel ML 32.32 analogue stageboxes, a D 32.32 AES/EBU stagebox and two BL II.D MADI Concentrators. The analog stageboxes provided the engineers with shared access to a total of 192 remote-controlled SSL Super Analogue mic/line inputs and 192 line outputs, while the AES/EBU stagebox facilitated use of 16 pairs of AES/EBU digital I/O at 96 kHz for driving the PA mains.
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