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ABC Tackles Sound at Primo Maggio Roma 2019

Rome’s annual music festival presented 31 acts over two days on a rotating stage.

Rome, Italy (July 10, 2019)—The 29 annual Primo Maggio event in Rome, Italy was broadcast live via the RAI national TV channel as it presented 31 acts like Daniele Silvestri, Ghali and Subsonica, and attracted more than 500,000 attendees.

Local production company ABC provided like sound for the event, and with the help of Italian pro-audio distributor Exhibo S.p.A, fielded eight Allen & Heath dLive systems, five IP8 Controllers, an SQ, DX Remote Audio Expanders and additional Dante, SuperMADI and gigaACE cards.

Primo Maggio took place with a rotating dual-stage setup, allowing for one act to line-check while another performed, minimizing the changeover time between acts. Each stage had its own dLive S5000, IP8 remote controller and DM48 MixRack handling FOH duties, while an additional C1500 and DM32 handled all talk-backs, comms, video feeds and wireless mics for the RAI presenters.

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Monitors mirrored a similar set-up to FOH, delivering more than 40 IEM and wedge mixes with two dLive S7000s (fitted with Dante for virtual soundcheck) and two DM64 MixRack’s for each side of the stage. A C3500 paired with a DM32 tackled the communication requirements between stage, the presenters and FOH, while an additional SQ-6 was used for combining outputs from the S7000s into the shared sidefill monitors.

Two further S7000 surfaces, fitted with Dante, were deployed on broadcast duties and paired with two DM64 MixRacks (for each side of the stage), two IP8 controllers and an SSL console, which was used for combining signals to the on-air transmission.

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Roberto Marchesi, pro audio manager at Exhibo, noted, “At Primo Maggio, the dLive systems weren’t there just as mixing consoles; they truly formed the core of the whole audio distribution system, thanks to their ample patching, tie-line and audio networking capabilities. Whether it was routing ambient microphones, digital splits, shout lines or video contributions, it was extremely easy to zoom into the I/O screen and patch it on the fly. It made the set-up and stage changes a breeze.”

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