Doha, Qatar (January 9, 2007)–The 15th Annual Asia Games took place in Doha, Qatar from late November through mid-December at the recently renovated Khalifa International Stadium. The event featured spectacular opening and closing ceremonies for which Bruce Jackson, audio director for the Games, utilized 10 Dolby Lake Processors, seven Lake Contours and seven Lake Mesa Quad EQ units in the sound system.
Ian Shapcott (Norwest Productions), FOH Engineer; Scott Willsallen (Auditoria), Audio Designer; Bruce Jackson, Audio Director; and Ian Baldwin (Norwest Productions) Senior Systems Engineer at the Khalifa International Stadium during Doha 2006.The digital loudspeaker processors, supplied by Australian sound contractor Norwest Productions Pty Ltd., were networked using Ethernet and were used to optimize large ground-stacked L-Acoustics and flown Adamson delay loudspeaker systems at the stadium.
“The comprehensive remote control over Ethernet of the Dolby Lake Processor makes it invaluable,” said Jackson, who utilized similar widely distributed sound systems for the opening and closing ceremonies at the most recent Commonwealth and Olympic Games. “What’s nice is that you can prioritize the inputs. They can be set up to run on the digital network, but you can also run an analog backup. The Processors can be set to either automatically switch or switch on command across to the analog input, which makes a secure, failsafe system.”
The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, presided over the opening cermonies, which were attended by Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, heads of state from the 45 Asian nations taking part, and 50,000 spectators.