Wee Waa, Australia (August 2, 2013)—An Adamson Energia E15 system supported a recent premier of Daft Punk’s newest album, Random Access Memories, at the Wee Waa Showground in Wee Waa, Australia.
Norwest Productions, headquartered in Sydney, was tasked with designing and implementing a sound reinforcement system that would surround a circular LED dance floor located in the middle of the showground show ring. The dance floor—constructed for the event—was approximately 85 feet in diameter.
“The idea was that the audio on the dance floor would sound like a nightclub with four hangs of PA outside each quadrant of the dance floor,” explained Scott Harrison, Norwest Productions FOH engineer and system designer. “We knew the Adamson Energia E15 system was perfect for the job.”
Each of the four arrays consisted of eight Energia E15s with six T21 subwoofers. The line arrays were flown from inside of towers constructed of scaffolding located in the four corners of the dance floor. The T21s were ground stacked (2×3) in front of each tower.
“The system gave tons of headroom. I had no problem turning the volume up, knowing that the E15 still had room to move. The subs provided the low frequency energy to make listening to the album a body-shaking experience,” continued Harrison.
Norwest Productions deployed a DiGiCo SD 8 at FOH to bring in both the main and backup replay machines on MADI, the backup CD in AES3, and also have analog backups for each of those devices.
“Daft Punk’s final track from the album, ‘Contact,’ contains a sweep from around 80hz all the way through to 15k or so,” Harrison said. “To hear that sound, hear it smoothly make its way through that entire range, without becoming harsh or sharp or overwhelming, really is a beautiful thing.”
Adamson Systems Engineering