Vue meets its Fête
CHINA: Vue audiotechnik has debuted its al-12 scalable, large format line array system at the recent Ningbo Fête de la Musiqué, which took place at the Ningbo Cultural Plaza. The event marked another first for the manufacturer as it was the first use of its systems at a public festival in China. Vue Shanghai supplied the full PA system, with technical support from Vue Shanghai MD Alex Schloesser and the manufacturer's overall system techincian, Josh Cruz.
Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, began in France in 1982. It soon spread and is now celebrated with outdoor events in 450 cities worldwide. This year marked the third edition of the Ningbo version, featuring a range of music styles from rock and metal to folk and jazz, with performances from a variety of artists including Redor, Omnipotent Youth Society and Chen Li.
The team encountered acoustic problems from the glass and concrete building surrounding the plaza and countered by making use of EASE Focus simulation software to design the audio system. Flown either side of the main PA were eight al-8 line array cabinets above four al-8 units that were providing down-fill. Added front-fill was supplied in the form of four stacks in front of the stage, each containing two al-8 on top of six hs-28 subs, which were mounted sideways. Side-fill was administered via a combination of four al-4 subcompact line arrays stacked above a single hs-28 on each side of the stage. Groundstacks of four hs-221 subwoofers contributed low-end extension at both the left and right of the stage. For amplification and networked DSP, the al-Class systems were paired with VueDrive systems engines.
The Vue crew recommended that hs-221 subwoofers be deployed in a continuous cardioid configuration across the front of the stage, however those plans were overruled by the festival organisers as the video crew would not be able to access the stage lip with their dolly. As a compromise, four hs-221 units were stacked beneath both line arrays of al-12 and al-8, while six hs-28 subwoofers were arrayed at 1m intervals across the centre of the stage.
Meanwhile, over 60m away from the stage at FOH, the top cabinets were aimed at the mix position to avoid reflections from the glass building behind. ‘The environment was quite unforgiving with all the reflecting surfaces, but only two to three EQ filters were added to the factory supplied one-box presets to counteract the environment,' commented Mr Cruz. ‘The system sounded quite impressive right out of the box.’
Heavy rain fell on-and-off throughout the event, but spirits reportedly remained high with the sound system making a good impression. ‘A lot of bands’ engineers turned to me with congratulations, asking where the PA system had come from,’ noted Huang Yadong, general manager and sound director of festival contractor, Qijiang Stage Art. ‘They were very pleased with its performance.’
‘The even coverage and the details that the Vue system produces is really amazing. It truly highlights the singer’s vocal qualities,’ said An Ning, FOH engineer for Chen Li’s band. FOH enginner, Deng ChengLong added, ‘I suspect due to the beryllium diaphragms, Vue sounds especially phenomenal in the HF range from 5kHz to 20kHz’.