New York City, NY (December 17, 2012)—The annual lighting of the massive Christmas tree in New York City’s Rockefeller Center has become a national event over the years; these days, the ceremony is a nationally broadcast TV event, brimming pop stars and politicians. Bringing the sound of the celebration to the thousands of spectators at this year’s edition was Production Resource Group, which fielded a d&b audiotechnik V Series PA.
For the last eighty years, the start of the holiday season has been officially marked with the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Decorated with over 45,000 LED lights and met by the famous Rockefeller Center ice skating rink, the largest New York City tree stands as a symbol of holiday cheer.
NBC broadcasts the tree lighting tradition with a live concert. However, the marble bowl of the Rockefeller Plaza and the city surrounding, is an acoustic nightmare. “It is our responsibility to provide sound for nearly ten city blocks,” Production Manager Bruce Cameron explained. “With traffic, an ice skating rink, and a large fountain that runs throughout the show, we needed a sound system we could predict. d&b audiotechnik was perfect for the critical areas. The sound system worked as promised, straight out of the box.”
PRG’s system technician, David Chessman concurred, speaking about the sound produced by the compact medium format loudspeaker: “It’s the best system we’ve used with this staging layout.”