Puyallup, WA (September 20, 2004)–On August 13, the Opening Ceremony at the Athens Olympic Stadium signaled the start of the 2004 Olympic Games. 72,000 people inside the Olympic Stadium and four billion more across the globe watched the moment the Games returned to Greece. What most watching would never realize is that America’s McCauley Sound, Inc. and Sweden’s Lab.gruppen had already scored a victory in Athens before the games even began.
McCauley Sound’s Monarc MLA3 mid-scale line array system was chosen to provide primary sound reinforcement for the 72,000 spectators and attendees at Athens Olympic Sports Complex Olympic Stadium. Circling the entire stadium, 16 clusters of seven MLA3 cells each were suspended from the stadium’s incredible roof structure, for a total of 112 Monarc MLA3 modules in place. Additional Monarc MS6 flown line array subwoofer modules were hung strategically in groups of four around the massive stadium to provide additional low frequency reinforcement for the MLA3’s, together delivering a concert-quality musical experience to all spectators seated in the massive complex.
“This is a huge win for McCauley Sound,” said Evgueni Samochine, executive vice president. “We competed with every line array manufacturer in the world for the opportunity to design (a system) for an event of this magnitude. It is a testament to Tom’s (McCauley) brilliant concept, that within only months after the MLA3’s introduction, McCauley Sound was selected from such a wide and robust field of competitors to provide the primary sound reinforcement technology for a global event of this scale.”
Program material for the opening ceremonies included live performances from DJ Tiesto and Bjork. Jack Morton Worldwide developed the opening and closing ceremonies, working in collaboration with Artistic Director, Dimitris Papaioannou and Australian sound designer Scott Willsallen. Chris Kennedy’s Norwest Productions of Australia, who had provided sound reinforcement at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, along with Stock Bridge of Australia, partnered with Athens based audio company Enttech S.A. to pull off the massive production.
Yiannis Papoutsakis, Enttech S.A.’s managing director was thrilled with the results. “We couldn’t be happier with the performance of the systems and our crews. Our guys were amazing, McCauley and Lab.gruppen’s technologies worked flawlessly, and the entire production was executed without a glitch. Considering the scale of this event, it could not come off better.”
Carefully designed to deliver précised and accurate sound reinforcement for the games many ceremonies, entertainment events and competitions, this massive Monarc MLA3 rig was chosen for intelligibility over distance and overall musicality. A total of 212 Lab.gruppen fP6400 amplifiers were used to deliver power, mostly to the 136 McCauley Monarc line array speakers that were suspended from the roofs all around the stadium, as well as for EAW KF860’s positioned in a ring along the running track, to cover some of the lower level seating areas. Signals to the amplifiers were distributed by an Optocore fiber-optics based system. Microphones, including wireless, were Audio-Technica, like all other sources fed into a Yamaha PM1D (FoH) and PM5D (monitors), with each console being backed up by a second identical unit. Two TC Electronic System 6000 frames were utilized for effects processing.
“We are very proud that Lab.gruppen was chosen as the primary power amplifier for these events,” said Thomas Mittelmann, Lab.gruppen’s International sales manager. “It proves that the sound experts all around the world consider Lab.gruppen a top choice for serious live performance… And they do.”
McCauley Sound, Inc.