Hamburg (November 30, 2004)–As part of his ongoing schedule of farewell performances, Pavarotti recently came to Hamburg, performing arias from Tosca and La Traviata in the Rothenbaum Tennis Area for a high-rolling audience of 8,000. German audio company Yousound Showtechnik provided design, equipment and manpower, choosing a d&b audiotechnik sound system as the appropriate vehicle for the operatic maestro.
Yousound’s Bernd Dimbeck specified the system, seeing that sound engineer John Pellowe mixed using a Midas Heritage. A full five arrays of d&b Qs were configured for maximum coverage around the stage, with C6s providing delay further out. E3s were used for the center nearfill, Q7s at the bottom of the Q1 arrays for near fill, and Q-SUBs in CSA mode for directional control at the low end completed the main PA system. “For a complex system deployment, d&b’s system proved to be easy to set up, required very little EQ and it sounded great,” said Pellowe.
Pellowe put Pavarotti on personal monitors about six years ago and the Maestro has never looked back. Even so, M2 wedges were used as standby monitors should the need arise for open speaker delivery. All amplification for the PA and monitors came from d&b’s D12 units making for a completely homogeneous sound system.
Extensive use was made of d&b’s ROPE C software to set up and control the system. “As John Pellowe said, it took very little time to set the system up,” observed Dimbeck. “Once that was done, we made all the small detailed changes John requested for EQ and delay remotely from out in the seating areas using a laptop and radio link. The sound was just brilliant. With such a big orchestra, you could still pick out individual instruments, even something as delicate as the harp; the system was so clear. John Pellowe is an excellent engineer.”
Pellowe was equally flattering: “I was left in no doubt that we had served our audience well. Pavarotti and his management were delighted and specifically commented on the quality of the sound. Bernd Dimbeck and his colleagues from Yousound did a first class job and I will be pleased to work with them again.”