Live Sound

Mixing the 'Sound of Change'

By Barbara Schultz 7/01/2013 5:00 AM Eastern

John Legend

The Sound of Change benefit concert at London’s Twickenham Stadium featured 11 acts, including Beyonce (joined by surprise guest Jay-Z), Ellie Goulding, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend and more. Audio for the four-hour event—which raised funds and awareness for women’s health, rights and education—was handled by UK company Britannia Row Productions. Six Avid VENUE Profile systems were employed for three performance areas, while two additional systems were needed for Lopez’s on-site rehearsal.

photo of David Haines

Engineer David Haines mixes Legend on one of eight Avid VENUE Profile systems provided by Britannia Row.

“I used a Venue for the first time at a one-off show and was so impressed that I went out and bought one,” says Rick Camp, Lopez’s longtime FOH engineer.

Legend’s FOH, David Haines, says he appreciates the Profile’s “speed of operation—I can get around it faster than any other console. I just love its layout and the ability to get to the plug-ins easily.”

The concert, which was also broadcast live worldwide, was organized by the Gucci-founded charity Chime for Change along with actress Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce, and the Huffington Post reports that the event raised $4.3 million for organizations such as UNICEF, the Global Fund for Women and Plan International.