Engineer Bernd Buthe of Satis&Fy was one of the mixers at Live Earth Hamburg, who handled the sound on a Midas Heritage. New York (July 20, 2007)–Live Earth festival on the July 7th was the largest musical event of all time, sporting nine concerts on seven continents in an effort to raise ecological awareness. At the London (Wembley Stadium) and Hamburg (HSH-Nordbank Arena) legs of the relay, systems from Electro-Voice and Midas were used to keep the music rolling.
Hamburg’s HSH-Nordbank Arena provided the venue for the German Live Earth event. The organizers enlisted the services of Satis&Fy to handle the sound reinforcement. In addition to local hero Jan Delay, the Hamburg stage was graced by Shakira, Snoop Dogg, Enrique Iglesias, Katie Melua, Reamonn, Chris Cornell, Silbermond, Juli and Yusuf Islam.
The FOH and monitor positions were occupied by a total of four Midas Heritage 3000 and two Heritage 2000 consoles, while Electro-Voice line arrays (X-Line and XLC) were powered by Tour Grade TG-7 amps with RCM-26 Remote Control Modules. The nerve center handling the signal distribution for routing, matrix, delays and master EQs was an EV N8000 NetMax.
Midas Heritage analog mixing consoles were used for both FOH and monitor positions, with three FOH/MON desk combinations (an A/B/C system) operated as follows: while System A was playing, System B was in line check backstage, and System C setting up, and so on. There were no sound checks, only line checks, and no guest consoles.
This made it possible to adhere exactly to the tight schedule. Jürgen Langhorst from EVI Audio, on site to support the sound team, was delighted with the way things panned out “Everyone in the crew-whether on stage or manning the consoles deserves the highest praise. They did an outstanding job throughout the entire nine-hour show!”