Mexico City, Mexico (June 16, 2015)—The second Spanish-language production of The Lion King recently opened at the Telcel Theatre in Mexico City, Mexico, sporting audio support from Masque Sound, which worked with veteran Sound Designer Steve Canyon Kennedy and Associate Sound Designers John Shivers and Hugh Sweeney.
“When designing the sound for any type of entertainment show, the goal is to provide an even, balanced sound to every seat in the house,” says Shivers. “The trick is to do it unobtrusively. I think the best sound design is one that simply doesn’t call attention to itself.”
In order to achieve this vision, the designers worked closely with Masque Sound to create a custom audio equipment package centered around a DiGiCo SD7 digital mixing console, which has been the standard console on The Lion King for the past six years.
Masque Sound also provided a PA system from Meyer Sound, featuring MINAs on the proscenium for the orchestra section, M’elodies for the center cluster and MICAs for the upper right and left. Meyer Sound UPJuniors were used for fills and d&b E0s for front fills to accommodate the tight spaces in the theatre where speakers were required. Meyer Sound 500-HP, 600-HP and 700-HP subwoofers were utilized, as well.
The microphone system supplied by Masque Sound included DPA d:screet 4061s with Sennheiser MKE-1s as back up for the performers. The orchestra was equipped with Shure SM57 and SM81 instrument microphones, DPA d:vote 4099S clip microphones, Neumann TLM 102 large-diaphragm studio condenser microphones and KM 84s, as well as Radial Direct boxes. In addition, Sennheiser SK 5212 transmitters were used for the show’s 46 channels of RF and QLab 3 for the effects playback and TC Electronics S6000 for reverb. The team tapped into the theatre’s existing Meyer Sound Constellation System, which worked well to complement as a surround system.
“I love Masque Sound,” Shivers concludes. “I think that they are the best shop in the industry when it comes to providing for our needs. In the past, we’ve gone with other companies for some foreign productions and had mixed success. With Masque Sound, I am consistently confident in their services and know that the audio package will be well put together and technically sound. The equipment always arrives in its entirety so that all we have to do is unpack it and integrate it into the show. With Masque Sound behind us, we knew that we would have no concerns in implementing a stellar sound system for this Mexico production.”
The Lion King Mexico City production
The Lion King