Delta covers water polo super final
UAE: Delta Sound, was recently tasked by Great Big Events to supply the audio and communications systems to the Super Final of the men's FINA Water Polo World League. The event was held at Dubai’s Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid sports complex.
With only a small space to work with, Delta opted for a DiGiCo SD11 desk with D-Rack as the control console. This ran the microphones, IEMs, announcer system, show playback and video content, whilst also acting as a matrix to balance the communication channels together.
The mic package consisted of Shure UR4Ds for the roaming announcers and presentations. An extended antenna distribution system to reach the extremes of the vast stadium was also implemented to help with this. This system also provided radio coverage for the announcers’ Sennheiser G2 IEMs. Prospect announcer desktop boxes were used at the main announcer position on the pool deck. This allowed the announcers full access to the main PA, two channels of comms, and additional inputs and outputs directly from the desktop box.
For the recording aspects, live feeds also ran to the outside broadcast truck supplying the engineers with splits of microphones and playback systems for the TV broadcast. Additional feeds were also sent to the communications team, allowing the crew to hear microphones, national anthems and other key sources.
Delta ran a four-channel comms system, based on a Clear-Com SB440. The show caller had direct access to the presentation ring consisting of seven Clear-Com RS602 belt packs, and located within the control room, on the pool deck, and in the timing control room, the announcers via the Prospect units, the roaming GP340 Motorola comms units in semi-duplex mode that covered the venue and were sent via a repeater into the SD11 then onto the main comms system, and also to the OB truck outside the venue (sent via a four wire system through the house patch cabling out to the OB area in the car park).
‘The event was another great success, and although the amount of kit appears small in comparison to some other events, the complexity of the system, both audio and comms, is always a very satisfying challenge,’ noted Liam McGrath, Delta’s technical manager who supervised this project.