QSC WideLine-10 enclosures ensured entertainers like Pink could be heard at Ellen DeGeneres’ 50th Birthday Bash.Los Angeles (August 22, 2008)–If you’re the host of a hit talk show and you turn 50, you don’t celebrate the day by ordering a pizza and settling in for some Netflix. Ellen DeGeneres proved that recently when Telepictures Productions threw her a gala on the famous New York Street set on the Warner Brothers lot that included entertainment headlined by Pink, all heard through QSC WideLine-10 enclosures.
The event featured 10-foot elephant topiaries, a three-story Ferris wheel, carousel, house of mirrors, bumper cars, whack-a-mole game, poker tables, and fireworks for the 300 people in attendence. In keeping with professional decorum, the crew from Santa Fe Springs, CA-based Goodman Audio Services cast a distinctly low-profile shadow over the event in comparison to the stiltwalkers working the crowd in vintage carnival attire, but their work nonetheless bathed those assembled in the main performance area with a sonic shower emanating from QSC WideLine-10 enclosures flown 10 per side on the main stage.
“I guess you could say that on a certain level, it was sort of like a birthday party you’d have for the kids at your own house on the weekend,” Goodman Audio Sr. Account Manager Rob Smoot said after the stiltwalkers had come down from on high and everyone had gone home. “It was just on a much, much, larger and grand scale.”
The party space was unusually wide, so Goodman Audio chose QSC WideLines to cover the space. Faced with the prospect of bringing sound to the Warner back lot literally from the wrong side of the street, Goodman Audio’s area of coverage was barely 90 feet deep at the point of the longest throw, but was extremely wide.
“When you think of bringing audio to a street party, ideally you would setup at one end and aim down its length,” Smoot said, describing the dilemma he and the Goodman crew faced. “For Ellen’s party, we had to do the exact opposite: Setup on one side of the street, project a short span across to the other, and then still cover both ends of the street lengthwise in both directions. As soon as we saw the space during the design phase of the project, we all knew the WideLines were the only thing that would do the job properly. There are a lot of other boxes out there that are polarizing; you either love them or you don’t. The great thing about WideLines is everyone can get exactly what they want out of them. They are truly versatile in a lot of situations.”
Beyond partaking of Goodman Audio’s sound, revelers at the DeGeneres bash gorged on sushi from Sushi Roku, slurped on rum-tinged snow cones, and were properly blinded and dazzled by the pyro. Hillary Harris of Warner Brothers Special Events produced the party, with Virginia Fout coordinating. Portions of the event captured on tape were also aired on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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