With such an epic sculpture forming the show’s centerpiece, protecting the cubic form’s purity was very important for the whole production. Finding locations for loudspeakers downstage of the cube that would provide the team with their primary sound source while protecting the cube’s view from every camera and seat was tricky. This process led to the small array of three K2 protruding just above the water line to minimize the visual impact as much as possible. The relative levels of the K2, the cube, the cast walkways, and the lighting fixtures were all based on a target water level for the show, managed by pumping in additional water before the show’s start.
The show’s creative aspirations demanded an immersive audio system, so they worked with the music team to determine the soundtrack, audio system design, and recording techniques specifically for this project. The music was a complex blend of western orchestra and traditional Arabic instruments that can be difficult to mix. Still, L-ISA gave the team a vast sound stage to place and spread the instrumentation, providing space for everything without using amplitude. “The surround and overhead loudspeakers allowed us to use the reverb engine to create a sense of a room around the audience area. The sense of space in the sound was remarkable,” noted Willsallen.
“The L-Acoustics L-ISA platform works. Its effectiveness is only limited by the user’s imagination, coupled with a healthy grasp of sound speed. It’s essential to make the most out of the creative opportunities by rethinking everything you know about recording techniques and live sound mixing,” Willsallen continues. “You will find yourself doing less on the console and putting more complex mixes together much faster if captured correctly. The reverb engine is an amazing creative tool that sounds spectacular.”
L-Acoustics Creations is proud to shine a light on the groundbreaking work of some of the world’s top audio experts and deepen our connections with these ambassadors and innovators in sound. To read more about Auditoria’s 300-loudspeaker configuration for the UAE National Day and Scott Willsallen’s other projects, head to their website to learn more.
The 49th UAE Day celebration audio configuration included Syva and X8 loudspeakers which are part of our Archipel sound systems, allowing music lovers to bring the concert home.