Daft Punk team up with Adamson for album launch
AUSTRALIA: Daft Punk recently premiered their newest album, Random Access Memories, at the Wee Waa Showground in Australia. Norwest Productions was tasked with designing and implementing a sound reinforcement system that would surround a circular LED dance floor located in the middle of the showground show ring.
The dance floor – constructed for the event – was approximately 26m in diameter and subsequently dubbed the largest outdoor dance floor in Australia. ‘The idea was that the audio on the dance floor would sound like a nightclub with four hangs of PA outside each quadrant of the dance floor,’ explained Scott Harrison, Norwest Productions’ FOH engineer and system designer. ‘We knew the Adamson Energia E15 system was perfect for the job.’
Each of the four arrays consisted of eight Energia E15s with six T21 subwoofers. The line arrays were flown from inside of towers constructed of scaffolding located in the four corners of the dance floor. The T21s were ground stacked in front of each tower. A total of 40 Lab.gruppen fP 6400 and eight FP 10000Q amplifiers powered the arrays, while processing comprised nine Lake DLP and two LM26 digital audio processors.
‘Since the towers were only 2m deep, the rigging system on the E15 made flying the PA a breeze – another big plus for the system,’ added Mr Harrison. ‘I was confident in using the E15s because the boxes have tremendous clarity and fantastic sound quality. We wanted to ensure the most faithful representation of Daft Punk's creation as possible.
‘The system gave tons of headroom,’ he furthered, ‘I had no problem turning the volume up knowing that the E15 still had room to move.’
Norwest Productions also deployed a DiGiCo SD 8 at FOH to bring in both the main and backup replay machines on MADI, the backup CD in AES3 and also have analogue backups for each of those devices.
‘Daft Punk's final track from the album, "Contact", contains a sweep from around 80hz all the way through to 15k or so,’ Mr Harrison concluded. ‘To hear that sound smoothly make its way through that entire range without becoming harsh or sharp or overwhelming really is a beautiful thing. The Adamson system was amazing.’