Paul Hatt’s sound hire and production company, CS Audio, has been supporting the eclectic Icelandic musical artist Björk using KLANG:technologies’ innovative 3D personal monitor mixing system for her string section at headline festival shows in Mexico City and Los Angeles, as well as Fuji Rock in Japan.
Hatt specified the KLANG:technologies system after he’d used it with Massive Attack in London’s Hyde Park for the same purpose, but it also caught the eye of the production manager who also worked on both shows. He asked Hatt about the system’s availability, having been suitably impressed the first time it was used.
“This time, the KLANG was connected via the MADI on the DiGiCo SD8 console—quick and easy to set up, and we were up and running in no time without any issues,” says Hatt. “I sent groups of each string section, playback mixes, click, vocal and, of course, themselves to allow each musician to quickly achieve what they needed to hear. The KLANG outputs fed a Shure hard-wired IEM mounted on each music stand, along with a tablet for the wireless control.
“One of the virtues of the system is its simplicity in setup and the short learning curve for the musicians. It’s a simple, intuitive application and a quick demonstration was all that was needed to get them up and running, allowing me more time to concentrate on the artist.
“The response from the musicians has been positive wherever we go—it’s a really useful product and delivers a great solution for wireless personal mix control. The 3D processing is pretty amazing. It does what it says, and works! Finding additional placement within an in-ear mix can really tidy things up and enhance the experience.”
KLANG:technologies’ UK distributor, HD Pro Audio, supplied the system to CS Audio. “We’ve been so impressed with the KLANG system that we invested in the KLANG:fabrik with MADI, which, in addition to our own use, is available for hire. With HD Pro Audio, I also get great backup and technical support,” concludes Hatt. “I’m looking forward using the KLANG system on many future projects.”