Andrew Sausville, owner of A.S. Sound, mixed the daylong celebration of the Dalai Lama's Congressional Medal of Honor with an Allen & Heath GL3300 Dual Function console. New York (November 5, 2007)--The Dalai Lama, exiled leader of Tibet, was honored with a Congressional Medal of Honor in Washington, DC on October 17. To commemorate that auspicious event, the Tibetan Youth Congress of New York and New Jersey held a day-long celebration in Union Square Park on October 20, featuring a diverse cultural program of traditional music, dance and speakers.
To reach the overflow crowd in Union Square, which included thousands of the Tri-State area's Tibetan community, the Tibetan Youth Congress called on A.S. Sound, based in Morristown, NJ. A.S. Sound arrived onsite with a full complement of sound reinforcement gear, staging and generators.
Owner Andrew Sausville mixed the event with an Allen & Heath GL3300 Dual Function console at FOH with BSS active processors and EAW KF 850 and SB 850 Series speakers (six of each), powered by QSC PL2 and Crest 8001 amplifiers. "We had an array of different wired mics like AKG, Neumann, Shure SM57s and 58s, and Beta 87s for instruments and vocals," says Sausville. "We also used six Shure U Series wireless lavalier mics for the dancers.
"This was a tough show," Sausville adds, "because of the crowds in the park making it almost impossible to see the stage. We were able to move the FOH mix position during the show--without stopping--to get a better view. The area was also difficult from a wireless standpoint due to all the different types of interference from other frequencies in the general vicinity. We overcame this by moving the wireless receivers as close to the stage as possible."
Despite the multiple challenges, Sausville reports, "it ended up with everyone having a good time and appreciating the event. I believe in what these people are doing and was happy to assist them."
As A.S. Sound approaches its 10th anniversary, Sausville is marking 15 years' experience in concert, Off-Broadway, college and corporate events. "With our engineers' 15-20 years of experience and the type of one-on-one customer service that we give," he says, "we are looking forward to many more years of providing excellent sound and service to our customers."