Fornebu, Norway, (August 5, 2015)—A ratings juggernaut here in the U.S., The Voice has become a worldwide phenomenon, with localized versions airing around the globe. Such is the case with The Voice Norway, which recently held its 2015 edition in the 1,200-seat H3 Arena in Fornebu.
The production used VUE Audiotechnik PA for the house sound system, designed and installed by avonlyd AS. OB Team was in charge of the complete broadcast production including sound production, with avonlyd AS and Tor Erik Johansen orchestrating the live studio sound production as the sub-contractor.
“TV shows are very different from concerts,” says Edgar Andraa Lien, founder and systems engineer, avon. “It's important that the audience responds favorably to the singers, the music and the mentors. At the same time, we must be sure not to interfere with the broadcast sound, and of course the producer does not want the PA to be visible on-camera. So, instead of a typical L/R speaker hang, we had an increased number of smaller hangs pointing toward the audience (who were seated around the stage) and the mentors. Javed Kurd, The Voice Norway 2015’s music producer, and I were very pleased with the results.”
Lien chose, in cooperation with FOH engineer Tor Erik Johansen, a varied complement of VUE Audiotechnik loudspeakers in his system design: “We used six hs-28 dual 18-inch ACM subwoofers, four hangs each with four al-8 high definition line array elements, and two hangs each with one al-4SB flying subwoofer system and six al-4 subcompact line array elements. The systems were flown in a U-shaped configuration with al-4s placed at the end of the stage behind the mentors’ chairs.”
All inputs from the stage went to the FOH and monitor consoles, with some of the lines subject to a four-way split. All of the band and vocal inputs were fed to the mixing suite, while the speech and audience microphones were sent to the OB truck. During the blind auditions, the singers used VUE Audiotechnik hm-112 high definition stage monitors, and then for the next rounds (Duels, Knock Out and Live) they were on in-ear monitors. Monitor mixes were generated using a Soundcraft Vi3000. IEMs were Shure, as were all of the microphones.
Handling FOH mixing duties for all of the artists performing on The Voice Norway 2015 was Johansen, engineer and co-owner of avon. “The FOH mixing position was situated between two al-8 hangs to provide a solid stereo image, and we placed a pair of VUE i-6a compact full range foreground systems on the FOH Yamaha PM1D console for nearfield use,” he explains. For some of the songs, band members moved from their normal positions out to the stage, in which case Johansen dealt with a total of 20 IEM systems and as many as 30 wireless microphones.