Oslo, Norway (January 19, 2005)–The awarding of the annual Nobel Peace Prize is always a time to celebrate and the 2004 edition was no different. As a result, December found the adjoining Nobel Peace Prize Concert held once again, paying tribute to 2004’s recipient, Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. Norwegian audio company AVAB CAC provided the sound system for the concert, which featured DiGiCo D5 Live and D1 Live digital mixing consoles.
The show was hosted by Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey, and featured artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Cindy Lauper, Joss Stone and Patti LaBelle. With three stages set across the arena, the artists performed alternately on the left and right stages, whilst the Norwegian Radio Orchestra was positioned on the center stage.
“We used a combination of digital and analog consoles across the three stages,” said AVAB CAC’s Jan Terje Walmann. “We had a DiGiCo D1 Live handling monitoring for the main performers on the right hand stage and a D5 for mixing all artists FOH.”
Both consoles were set up beforehand using the snapshot function, as rehearsal time was very limited. “We had several hundred inputs in the end, and quick changeovers between acts were essential,” added Walmann. “In these circumstances, the full recallability of the console is a real asset. The audience had a fantastic time and the DiGiCo’s performed flawlessly.”