UAE: Artes Middle East was called in to meet the audio, lighting and backline needs of Brian Wilson for his recent performance at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. The rental company has been supplying events at the venue for a number of years, so was able to call on its standard Meyer Sound setup for the show.
‘We have been doing a lot of concerts in this venue for the past 10 to 15 years. Over this period we’ve worked on an optimum solution audio-wise keeping in mind the grandstands which are quite steep,’ reflected Karl da Costa, technical manager for Artes. ‘So now it’s pretty much a set system that’s put in, keeping in mind the type of music and crowd expected. We have always used Meyer Sound with either the M3Ds or the Milos as the main system. The only variations are in the subwoofer setup, whether it will be a cardioid setup or a straight forward sub L/R configuration. This depends on the requests from the touring engineers.’
The deployed solution called on eight M3D cabinets per side with low end via a further eight M3D subwoofers. A further eight of the manufacturer’s Milo cabinets provided out-fill while four CQ2 cabinets were enlisted for front-fill. Control came in the form of two Meyer Sound Galileo 616 speaker management systems alongside a Klark Teknik DN370 graphic equaliser while the show was mixed using an Avid Venue Profile with Waves 9. Monitors again called on an Avid Venue Profile console to mix for the six Meyer Sound MJF212 wedges, 12 Sennheiser EW300 G3 wireless IEMs and two Shure P6HW wired IEMs.
In terms of the lighting package, Artes supplied a variety of fixtures from the likes of Clay Paky and Martin Professional which were controlled by a grandMA2 console.
‘For me personally, this was one of the best sounding gigs I’ve worked on,’ smiled Mr da Costa. ‘Everything stood out the way it was meant to be and sound. We used the Meyer Sound M3D system which I thought was apt and fitting for this kind of a show. It was a great mix with some really brilliant musicians on stage, playing everything live, with no tracks and not even a computer in sight.
‘As always, the client was really happy with the outcome, that’s why we do all the gigs for the Irish Village right through the year, whether it’s at the tennis stadium or at the Irish Village lake side,’ concluded Mr da Costa.