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TiMax deploys object-based spatial audio design at 12th Basel Tattoo

Swiss sound designer and Audiopool founder Thomas Strebel specified a TiMax SoundHub-S48 spatial processor

TiMax deployed its object-based spatial audio system for the 12th year running at Basel’s annual Tattoo, maintaining localisation and musical timing between the marching players and the distributed spatial reinforcement sound system . 

The Basel production in Switzerland is staged outdoors in front of the 18th century Kaserne Hof barracks on the Rhine. Marching bands, dancers and animals perform across a 70m by 25m parade arena surrounded by audience seating on three sides.

Swiss sound designer and Audiopool founder Thomas Strebel specified a TiMax SoundHub-S48 spatial processor which received, via MADI, 10 arena ambient mic feeds plus five groups from a Digico SD7 console. 

Strebel said: “The sound as always was excellent with TiMax. This year was the best premier ever with a standing ovation, and the producer was very happy”.

This year also featured an immersive spatial sound effect of a helicopter, rendered and played back by TiMax under remote MIDI control, which flew across the arena and landed for an abseiling Swiss Army band act.

Out Board’s Dave Haydon provided on-site TiMax setup and programming support to Strebel’s Audiopool crew, with Roman Huber running the Digico at front-of-house and Jeroen Van Vulpen in charge of TiMax. 

In addition, 11 L-Acoustics sub channels were spread out under the seating areas, all driven from separate from TiMax channels and aligned back to the Image Definition across the arena. This sub-bass alignment was particularly important for several acts who integrated amplified electric bands and drummers into their sets. The TiMax SoundHub processor was supplied by Out Board via audiopool and hooked up to the PA by Winkler using a site-wide Optocore backbone.

This year’s Edinburgh Tattoo also used the TiMax2 SoundHub spatial audio platform, supplied by Out Board as a rental to sound contractors Wigwam Acoustics, specified and programmed by the Edinburgh event’s sound designer Seb Frost.