On May 17, 2007, Bowfire played a special one-off show at the 2,000-seat Centre in the Square theatre in Kitchener, Ontario, which was recorded in HDTV for national broadcast in the U.S. and for an upcoming live DVD. The entire show was run from an InnovaSon Sy80 digital console at front of house in the capable hands of Dennis Mortson, with an Sy48 on monitors piloted by monitor engineer/wireless tech John Smith.
All audio was supplied by Apex Sound & Light based in Pickering, Ontario. Event production was under the guidance of Apex’s Chris James, who also serves as Bowfire’s technical co-coordinator for touring and live projects. “We’ve been using a Sy80 at FOH for Bowfire tours for a while now and thought this was the perfect project to introduce the Sy48 for monitors, as the previous digital console could not keep up with the automation required for expansion of the show,” says James. “Now both consoles are able to share a single stage rack loaded with 56 preamps.
“Another huge consideration was the finely tuned hearing of these virtuoso performers,” James continues. “They immediately noticed better audio quality when we changed to the Sy48 on monitors. InnovaSon distributor Sennheiser Canada and Richard Hagan of Sennheiser’s pro audio division provided rock-solid support behind the consoles and wireless used during production.”
The speaker system chosen by Mortson for this project and all Bowfire touring is the new d&b Audiotechnik Q Series, Q1 line array with Q7 under-fill, Qsubs for lows and B2 subs for ultra-low. Power is provided by d&b D12 amplifiers, complete with internal processing.