Dutch rental company More Stage Services managed the audio
requirements for a recent open-air cultural event called The Hague
Gathering, held in the city’s main square, the Spuiplein. The company
selected Allen & Heath’s iLive digital system, comprising the iDR10
stage rack with iLive-144 surface, as the FOH mixer.
The event was founded by local authorities to bring together different
cultures living in the area through music and entertainment. Surrounded
by the Parliament and government buildings, various musicians, standup
comedians, bands and politicians from the city gathered onstage. The
climax of the event was a collaborative performance between a Surinamese
traditional folk band and Dutch rock band the Hague Rock.
It was the first event that Marc Noble, FOH engineer and CEO of More
Stage Services, had worked with the iLive system. “The intuitive and flexible routing of the console, the short learning
curve for visiting engineers, and its great sound quality made it an
easy choice,” Noble says. “Everything I want at FOH is in this mixer, such as
high-standard emulated effect engines, output matrix, compressors,
gates and processing on all buses.”
A Renkus-Heinz line array system was also employed, and distribution
zones were divided across the console’s flexible, fully processed
matrix, with added delay, parametric EQ and compression; no
additional outboard processing was required.
“It was a useful tool for the visiting ‘analog’ engineers to be able
to program all of a band’s inputs horizontally on the channel strips,” Noble continues. “You can also make this console ‘American-feel’ with a master section in the middle, ‘musical show’ with loads of DCAs, or just a L/R band mix with master on the far right.”