Lawo Celebrates with France

More than 400,000 spectators gathered on Paris’ Champs de Mars for the 14th July La Fête Nationale (Bastille Day) public holiday, and even more participated through broadcast sound.
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Rastatt, Germany (July 27, 2015)—Broadcast sound for the concert in Paris celebrating Bastille Day was mixed on Lawo equipment.

More than 400,000 spectators gathered on Paris’ Champs de Mars for the 14th July La Fête Nationale (Bastille Day) public holiday. Marking the culmination of the French Revolution in 1789, and signaling the rise of France as a nation, the crowd assembled at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for a performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” by 250 musicians from the National Orchestra of France and of the Radio France Choir.

TV viewers and radio listeners in France and beyond joined the assembled tourists and local residents to listen to the music and watch the firework display that followed.

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Sound for the concert was mixed on two Lawo mc236 desks at FOH, one handling the orchestra and the other for the choirs. Two Lawo DALLIS I/O systems, used as stageboxes, were connected via RAVENNA/AES67 AoIP technology to a newly developed Nova router. A Yamaha console was connected via MADI, enabling resource sharing and bussing between all consoles.

“The 24-fader mc236 was set up for mixing the choirs and the 40-fader desk for the orchestra. Both consoles—plus the Yamaha console that was used for the presenter’s microphone and music playout during the firework display—along with all of the DALLIS I/O and the audio recorders were connected to our new plug & play Nova router,” explains Hervé de Caro, Lawo’s live sound specialist. “The mc236 features a very intuitive configuration page for setting up and managing the rights within the network, controlling the preamps and feeding the different outputs and recorders.”

He adds, “The Nova router allowed us to use up to 32 busses between consoles, so the premix of the choirs, the ‘spare’ mix from the OB van and the presenter console were assigned directly from the mc236 consoles.”

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