Berlin, Germany (December 14, 2015)—Muse may have come from overseas to conquer American rock fans, but in return, the U.S. shipped Lollapalooza Festival overseas to Berlin this year, and helping cement that event’s future there, Muse headlined the final night with all the usual pomp and spectacle that the band brings to its shows. Also on the bill that weekend were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bastille, and Sam Smith, and everyone performed through a d&b audiotechnik-oriented audio system provided by Berlin-based production house TSE AG.
Silvio Koenig, project manager at TSE AG, noted, “We have already been investing in d&b and chose this event to have our first try out with d&b’s new ArrayProcessing tool.” TSE AG’s system design saw J-Series hung left/right of the stage, with J-SUBs and J-INFRAs; delays used V-Series and Y Series. “The throw distance from stage to the furthest audience was over 110 metres,” said Koenig. “This being an old airfield, the audience area was mainly concrete and very flat, so getting the accurate measurements needed to correctly apply ArrayProcessing was easy and relatively quick. Our first time with ArrayProcessing and it was straightforward to implement and easy to use, but does take more time in the planning stage. We did receive a lot of help from Michael Weiss and Sven Duske at d&b, so the support was very good. More importantly, the results were well worth the extra time spent: our client, the festival organizers, were very pleased with the results.”
For Marc Carolan, Front of House engineer for Muse, this was his first experience with the latest ArrayCalc feature. “As a regular user of d&b systems, I was already familiar with the potential of ArrayProcessing, but this was still my first experience of it in a real-world situation. I’m happy to go on record saying it was a great system and I was impressed by the musical detail at FoH, which was at 60 meters. I didn’t really get the chance to walk the field, but Eddie O’Brien, my system tech, did and was very impressed.” Carolan will be deploying ArrayProcessing for Muse’s upcoming in-the-round tour.
“This was a very successful first try for us,” concluded Koenig. “ArrayProcessing has made a significant improvement to the standards and quality of sound delivery we can give to our clients.”