Showtech delivers at Bahrain F1
BAHRAIN: Showtech Productions Bahrain deployed an L-Acoustics solution to cover the concerts at the recent Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The main challenge for the team came from covering the wide audience area at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Kiran Tauro, technical director of Front of House Productions Dubai was hired by Showtech as head of audio for the gig. ‘This year the biggest challenge was covering a space which was almost 70m wide,’ he recalled. ‘To do this we added out-fills to the design and the client was very happy with the coverage received. We had just about enough boxes to cover the outer areas, any more than that next year and we will need to buy a few more!’
The overall solution comprised main hangs of 16 K2 per side with five K1 SB flown behind each array. Out-fill saw a pair of K1 SB flown per side above a further eight K2 cabinets. Further reinforcement came via a six cabinet centre cluster of Kara enclosures with a further eight Karas as front-fill and three Arcs II per side for in-fill. Completing the setup were eight SB28 subs per side in a cardioid setup with a further 16 SB28 forming the centre sub arc. The system was powered by 14 LA Raks with LA8 amplifiers daisy chained for system control at FOH.
‘I was really happy with the overall coverage, Andrea Taglia who came in from Italy on behalf of L-acoustics really had planned the system to its full potential making sure we covered all dead spots,’ said Mr Tauro. ‘Brad Divens (FOH for Enrique) really loved the system and was really happy with the result of his mix.’
Away from the L-Acoustics side, Avid desks provided the necessary control. A Profile was supplied for FOH while a Venue S6L was used for monitors. Completing the audio line up were 24 channels of Shure UR4D+, 14 channels of Shure PSM 1000 IEM, four channels of Sennheiser 3000 series wireless microphones, a variety of mics from Shure, Sennheiser and Neumann and a pair of 48-channel Klotz Multilink analogue splitters.
‘All the shows went on very smoothly, from Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike on day one to Enrique Iglesias and Steve Aoki on day two,’ concluded Mr Tauro. ‘I think with what we had in terms of gear, artists, management, time and a great team from Showtech we really pulled off a great show.’