EAW powers rock in China
CHINA: The Music Power Rock China 30 tour recently began at the Beijing Worker’s Gymnasium, 30 years to the day since ‘the father of Chinese rock’ Cui Jian performed Nothing To My Name in the arena – the moment often heralded as marking the birth of Chinese rock music. An Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) Adaptive Performance system was installed at FOH while engineer Jim Ebdon was flown in for the event, bringing a wealth of experience working with world-renowned acts including Maroon 5, Aerosmith and Sting.
‘The arena is an older, round building made up of concrete, glass and metal,’ explained Mr Ebdon. ‘There was a festival-like stage set up in one end of the floor, which cut down on available floor space and limited seating to almost half of the arena. Our job was to cover the fans with the best music experience possible, which meant keeping the sound off of the walls and ceiling.’
To overcome this challenge, the FOH engineer deployed four EAW Anya columns, which were complemented by Otto subwoofers. Meanwhile, the main PA comprised Anya loudspeakers in left and right hangs of 12 per side. A further two hangs of eight Anya units provided out-fill and behind the main PA were six more Otto subwoofers with another eight on the ground.
‘We did sound check for two days. Initially we focused the PA on the floor seating area,’ Mr Ebdon continued. ‘When we opened it up to cover the entire venue the sound characteristic was identical. It was really quite impressive. There is no doubt that it was a challenging space, but Anya performed perfectly.’
The venue’s seating areas were provided with an ‘ideal three-dimensional wavefront’ thanks in part to EAW’s Resolution simulation software. The software was set to communicate directly with the Anya loudspeakers to confirm even coverage.
‘This was incredibly useful in this space. If the sound started bouncing off of the walls it would have been a mess. Resolution was key to providing the clarity and audio quality the event required,’ concluded Mr Ebdon. ‘It was a sold out event that features many different styles of rock and roll. The quality of the musicians was exceptional. The Adaptive system really delivered for the fans.’
As previously reported, Mr Ebdon also utilised an Allen & Heath dLive system at FOH, comprising an S7000 control surface and DM64 MixRack. Members from the 11 bands that performed during the event controlled their own mixes with six ME-1 personal mixers that were also deployed.