Vancouver, BCâ€“â€“Local production company Northwest Global Entertainment provided audio for Panasonicâ€™s Olympic Welcome Party held at the Rocky Mountaineer Station.
Produced by The Brand Live Group in Vancouver, the Welcome Party was a high end corporate dinner and show featuring a special performance by diva Sarah Brightman of the new Panasonic theme song, â€œShall be Done.â€?
NWGE designed a system consisting of 14 Martin Audio W8LM Mini line arrays with two W8LMD Downfill Mini line arrays, four Martin Audio WSX subs, four MA 2.8S power amplifiers, two MA4.2S power amplifiers, and Martin Audio DX2 speaker management processors.
Monitors and side fills consisted of eight Martin Audio LE1200 monitors powered by Martin Audio MA 4.8Q power amplifiers. Consoles used were a Yamaha LS9-32 for FOH and a Yamaha PM5D-RH for Monitors.
The event crew included NWGE FOH Engineer, Kevin Feres; Sarah Brightmanâ€™s FOH Engineer, Derrick Zieba
Sarah Brightmanâ€™s Monitor Engineer Seamus Fenton and NWGEâ€™s System Techs: Perry MacDonald and Steve Williams.
Asked why they chose Martin Audio, NWGE President Steve Williams said, â€œThe client and venue required the very best sound possible with maximum yet smooth coverage throughout the venue. The headliner was very familiar with the performance of Martin Audio and wanted this system for this event.
â€œW8LM mini line arrays provided exceptional coverage and output,â€? Williams continued, â€œyet were extremely unobtrusive and allowed for clear sight lines for the audience and the visual presentations for the client.
â€œOur client was extremely particular about the caliber of the audio system for this gala event and Sarah Brightmanâ€™s touring engineers were extremely pleased with the performance and clarity of the Martin Audio system.
â€œThe Martin Audio speakers rigged quickly and easily and were perfect for this job. The small profile of the array hang and exceptional coverage that it provided clearly confirmed what we have known for sometime.
â€œMartin Audio rocks!â€? Williams concluded. â€œWe are always amazed by the performance we get from these little boxes. They are like the â€œSwiss army knifeâ€? in our speaker inventory. We were very happy with the results of this system.â€?
Photo of Sarah Brightman: Jesse Gittens