Boston (March 15, 2005)–The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra recently mounted a Holiday Tour during the first two weeks of December. While the organization usually uses its own in-house audio team, this time it was additionally supported by West Bridgewater, MA-based Scorpio Sound. For the second leg of the tour, performing shows from Norfolk in VA to Bridgeport, CT, it had the chance to use a DiGiCo D5 Live digital mixing console for a front of house desk.
Steve Colby, the Pops’ FOH engineer for more than 20 years, worked with monitor engineer Howard Rose, system technician Kevin Delany and assistant system tech Mark McArthur. Colby remarked that mixing the 90-piece orchestra “on the DiGiCo D5 Live was a great experience for me. The sound of our show took a giant step forward with the development of modern line-array technology, and another great stride was made with the integration of digital loudspeaker processors from XTA and now the Lake Contour controller. With the addition of the D5, the level of sonic clarity in the system is superlative and translates a sense of detail that we had not heard in the show before.” The line array in question is a JBL VerTec system.
“Since our venues range in size from 2,000 seat theatres to 10,000 seat arenas, it was a terrific advantage to have a FOH setup with the small footprint afforded by the D5,” added Colby. “On one particular show, the sound truck got held up in traffic caused by an unfortunate accident, and was almost three hours late for load-in. Because of the D5’s compact size and its dynamics and effects integration–in fact, we had no external dynamics or effects on this leg of the tour–it allowed FOH setup to be accomplished in just minutes, so we could move on quickly with the stage setup.”