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Adamson S10 line array powers Amadeus Live with the RSNO

The system supplied by Warehouse Sound was used for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s live performance of the award-winning period drama.

An Adamson S10 line array system supplied by The Warehouse Sound Services in conjunction with local sound provider A&R Martin was used to power the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s performance of Amadeus Live at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall last month.

Winner of eight Academy awards, four BAFTAs and four Golden Globes, Amadeus is a classic period drama, romantic comedy, mystery and a tense psychological thriller all rolled into one. It features Tom Hulce as Mozart and and Oscar-winning performance by F.Murray Abraham as Salieri.

Last week, Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall held a screening with Mozart’s music performed live by the full RSNO and RSNO Chorus conducted by Ludwig Wicki. Ludwig Wicki is a renowned Swiss composer, trombonist and conductor. He is also the founder and artistic director of 21st Century Orchestra, who perform special film music concerts and collaborate with film composers.

A total of 24 Adamson S10 line array elements were flown in two hangs of 12 left and right of the stage. Four S119 subwoofers were also utilised to reinforce low end. All amplification was via Lab Gruppen PLM20K44 amplifiers using Lake processing and a Lake LM44 at FOH. A Digico SD10 mixing console was used on front of house with two SD-Racks and SD-Nano all running at 96kHz on HMA optical. The orchestra mics were predominantly Neumann with DPA and AKG while the choir mics were all Shure KSM.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading orchestras with a history stretching back over 120 years. The RSNO chorus evolved in 1843 to form a choir. As well as performing with the RSNO the choir also performs with orchestras throughout the world establishing an international status.

This was a very challenging sound installation for many reasons. Douglas Martin of The Warehouse commented: “The two venues represented very different challenges both sonically and physically. We had to consider proximity of speakers to the orchestra players and microphones on stage while not compromising sightlines to the cinema screen hung upstage of the orchestra and choir. Adamson S10 gave me the flexibility to cover both venues with completely opposite rigging approaches while maintaining full coverage of all levels of the auditorium at all frequencies. The system is very transparent and works exceptionally well amplifying the orchestra with the punch to deliver the cinema tracks and FX with clarity when required.”