Edinburgh, UK (May 2, 2013)—Scottish sound hire company Ward-Steedsy Audio for the recent Red Bull Hill Chasers cycle event—a high-speed, uphill bicycle race at night—in Edinburgh. The event posed several challenges as there was a need for three PA systems, with local inputs at each system mixed and distributed to all three systems simultaneously.
The solution was to place an Allen & Heath digital iLive-R72 surface at the start line, a MixRack halfway up the hill and a second rack at the finish line. Local inputs at the surface included audio feed from the video playback, the start-line MC’s microphone and audio inputs for the start signal. The surface also handled outputs to the OB truck and outputs to the start line PA system.
Halfway up the hill, connected via 120m of Cat5 the first MixRack had local inputs from the Red Bull DJ truck, together with outputs for the second PA system adjacent to the DJ truck, and an ACE link to the second rack.
A rack at the finish line. connected via a further 85m of Cat 5, handled the input from the finish line MC and the outputs to the finish line PA.
The entire system was networked using Allen & Heath’s ACE network running in dual MixRack mode and connected via Neutrik Etherflex cables.
“Setting up the system in dual MixRack mode takes a few more minutes of preparation time, but once it was set up at our premises and everything was tested, it connected together on site in minutes and performed flawlessly throughout the event” said co-owner Steven Ward
“As this was a city centre event with a strict road closure policy, we had a very limited time frame to set-up and test three systems, so running Cat 5 cables instead of traditional bulky multicores was an attractive solution” said co-owner David “Steedsy” Stevenson.
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