Rastatt, Germany (July 30, 2020)—Lawo equipment was in Paris for the sixth successive year serving both the live and broadcast sound requirements for France’s traditional Bastille Day celebrations, even as the coronavirus pandemic raged.
All of France marks the beginning of the modern French Nation each year on 14 July, with events taking place all over the country, although this year’s national holiday was quite different due to the global pandemic. But the show must go on, so Lawo mixing consoles were once again at the traditional Concert de Paris, which takes place on the Champs du Mars at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
The FOH consoles used were a 48-fader Lawo mc²56 production console for the orchestra mix and an mc²36 all-in-one console for the soloists. A 48-fader mc²56 took over the monitor tasks in a setup with a 16-fader mc² extender that allowed social distancing between the two operators.
Radio France deployed an Optocore fiber-optic network to connect the event’s live sound mixing consoles and I/O systems. Separate preamp control for FOH and monitors and a split to the Lawo mc²66 console used for the broadcast mix in a Radio France OB vehicle enabled use of the on-air console’s own stageboxes and Dallis mic preamps.
The Concert de Paris on 14th July is one of the largest classical music events held anywhere in the world with as many as 500,000 spectators on-site — in pre-pandemic years — and is followed by a traditional firework display. This year, the show. featuring the Orchestre National de France and the Chœur de Radio France, along with internationally renowned soloists, was relayed to 2.84 million TV viewers in France and an estimated 10 million audience in Europe.
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