Canada (October 19, 2006)–Butchart Gardens in Victoria hosts a range of events every year, including a spectacular firework display every Saturday night during the summer months. For more than 6 years, Victoria’s DL Sound & Lighting had used Turbosound Flashlights at the venue and this year upgraded to Turbosound Aspect loudspeakers.
“The fireworks venue is 109m deep, with a secondary viewing area which is 48m by 108m,” said DL Sound & Lighting proprietor, Doug Lyngard. “The audience is seated on the ground looking down at much of the display and looking up at airborne fireworks. It’s certainly not the perfect amphitheatre!”
Doug chose five Aspect TA-890H highs, complemented by two HiLight THL-828 subs and controlled by a pair of XTA DP224s. The DL Sound & Light team built enclosures to protect the loudspeakers from the daily watering of the grass viewing area, the weather and fireworks debris. The cabinets were then carefully ground stacked to provide optimum, seamless audio coverage.
“No speaker stands or flying gear is allowed, due to strict rules against obstructing any of the show view,” says Doug. “So optimizing the placement of the Aspect enclosures and achieving an even sound coverage was a challenge. But the sound quality and performance has proved ideal for the venue size and dynamics.”
Doug continued, “Due to the nature of the venue–i.e. a peaceful garden atmosphere during the day–the only opportunity we had to sound check was in the early morning before visitors arrived. We had to trust that the gear would perform as expected at show time when darkness fell. When the switch was turned on, there was no turning back. But the system has performed extremely well and the client was very impressed with the improvement in sound quality from previous years.”