Berlin, Germany (April 28, 2015)—Nineties electro-rockers The Prodigy are still going strong overseas, and recently played a show inside Berlin’s 12,000-capacity Velodrom, an indoor bike-racing track. Helping keep the sound up-to-speed was sound provider Complete Audio Berlin, which fielded its Martin Audio MLA system. Mixing at front of house was the band’s longtime sound engineer, Jon Burton.
The promoter for the Berlin show had contracted Complete Audio. “We provide gear for all their local shows,” explained Complete Audio MD, André Rauhut, “and have also worked with The Prodigy a couple of times previously in Berlin.”
Complete Audio brought out two main L/R hangs of 11 MLA elements, with two MLD Downfills. Side hangs consisted of two drops of eight MLA Compact.
But The Prodigy are all about that bass and the production company deployed 24 MLX enclosures—each housing two Hybrid loaded 18-inch drivers, capable of more than 150 dB peak output at 1 m. The crew spread 18 along the stage apron; leaving gaps for other infill subs with a further three MLX per side flown between the main PA and MLA Compact outfills.
“We made the design using Martin Audio’s MLX sub-arc calculator and our main goal was to get a pretty even dispersion of the sub energy throughout the venue,” André continued. “Jon is quiet clear about what he wants and asked for a broadside sub-array—which in any case is what we would do in that kind of venue.”
While Jon Burton himself was mixing sound on a Midas XL3 analog desk, helping him to optimize the room acoustics using Martin Audio’s Display 2 software were head system tech Nils Uhthoff assisted by Benny Franke and Martin Eckert, programming the ‘hard avoid’ features on surfaces with no audience to cancel unwanted reflections.
The result, said Burton, was that “The show went extremely well and working with the Complete Audio crew was a pleasure. The [MLA] system was well set up and the coverage was good. The Prodigy rarely tours [one individual] system as we do so many festivals…but I would be happy to see MLA at any festivals we play this summer.”