The musical Daddy Cool kicked off its European Tour with a 10-week run in Berlin, opening on April 26, 2007, to a full house in the show's dedicated 2,000-seat Big Top tent in central Berlin. Sound design was by Richard Brooker, supported by associate sound designer Tom Marshall, with the original system for the London production adapted to the requirements of the tour.
Speed of installation and recallability are key elements of the show's sound design, with Brooker's design using a combined Cadac analog and digital approach in the form of an 82-input J-Type and Digital Series Stage Rack, equipped with D16 digital mix matrices and M16 remote-controlled microphone amplifiers. The majority of the design is based on the London show, with the exception of the L-Acoustics' V-DOSC line array, which replaces the Opus Audio P.A. system.
Tom Marshall (left) with Richard Brooker
According to Broooker, "This has been an entertaining show to work on from the outset, with the tour presenting us with some interesting new dimensions to cater for. The stage is set just over half-way back in the 70-meter diameter tent, giving us around half of the tent as the auditorium area with one continuous rake of seating. We had just 10 days to load in before the first previews here in Berlin, and the recall features on both the J-Type and D16s were just fantastic, enabling us to get up and running rapidly. The only thing we changed on the Cadac rig was to rebuild the Cadac band rack for touring, with the rest of the kit identical to the London show."
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