Done calls on Delta for One Direction
UAE: Done Events enlisted Delta Sound to supply the PA for the recent One Direction concert at Dubai’s Sevens Stadium. Delta put to use a large contingent of its L-Acoustics equipment to cover the 32,500 sell-out crowd.
Delta Sound director of engineering, Al Woods, was responsible for the system design. The PA comprised main left and right hangs of 24 K1 with six Kara, 12 flown K1 Subs, out fills of 28 K2, 16 dV-Dosc front fills, and 32 SB28 ground subs. The delay-1 system consisted of 34 V-Dosc and eight SB28 ground subs. The delay-2 system comprised 24 dV-Dosc. A total of 184 enclosures in 24 positions were driven by more than 60 LA8 amplifiers.
‘It’s a tricky venue as it’s not symmetrical and spans over 200m from the down-stage edge to the rear seats,’ explained Mr Woods. ‘The design was also compromised by sight line issues, crowd safety and the tour needing spot towers in a specific position to cover the B stage. The first delay positions housing the spot pods were only 60m from the main PA so I chose to tight pack the V-Doscs and fly them high to reach the rear of the pitch, where the dV-Doscs then took over to cover the rear grandstand. The first delay positions had a double hang of PA on each, which again, is difficult to time due to triangulation issues.’
One Direction’s audio crew chief, Nick Mooney, advanced the show with Delta Sound. The tour carried its own audio control package which included a DiGiCo SD7 FOH console. This in turn fed a pair of Delta’s Meyer Sound Galileos which equalised, timed and distributed audio to the various speaker positions. All the LA8 amplifiers were connected via LA Network manager enabling any array correction or shading to be done within the amplifiers DSP.
‘We had limited time to load in the PA and we were severely delayed by strong winds and a dust cloud that engulfed the UAE for a couple of days,’ recalled Mr Woods. ‘I had a great team of guys with me, Arif Khan, Nadeem Ali, Rayno Spies, Jentry Sierra and Nawazish Ali; who all worked really hard to get the PA as it needed to be.’
Mark Littlewood, One Direction’s FOH engineer and Mr Woods had previously discussed the SPL of the show. ‘Mark was conscious to keep the SPL level of the main PA consistent for the audience (lots of very young kids), and not attempt to beat the screams,’ said Mr Woods. ‘I took his lead and ensured the rest of the system worked accordingly. It sounded great everywhere and the PA covered the vast venue very well.’
‘Done Events were happy with the service and support that was supplied by Delta Sound,’ added Malcolm Giles, production manager at Done Events. ‘Delta also assisted in licensing, the touring Motorola’s and show RF for the One Direction Production. Delta guys always deliver a great and dedicated service.’