In line with the 2015 General Election, the churches of Yeovil recently came together to organise a large-scale hustings event for the benefit of the local community. Using the 700 seat venue of Yeovil Community Church (The GateWay), the team turned to Revolution Audio for specialist audio production.
With events such as hustings, we knew that numerous additional factors had to be considered above and beyond those for more conventional live events. For example, the microphones deployed had to be capable of picking up users often not accustomed to proper “mic technique”, while also maintaining high levels of gain before feedback to amplify quiet voices in a large spaces. Sightlines were a key consideration, as was the ability to provide external live and recorded feeds to a radio station for broadcast at a later date.
We made use of the in-house system at The GateWay, incorporating Nexo PS15 mains and LS1200 sub-bass units. Due to the seating layout for the event, we also deployed two RCF Art 310 cabinets on stage with individual GEQ and time alignment applied across the system. In the Control Room, the in house Behringer X32 console was used.
We knew that speech quality and intelligibility was the single most important challenge for this event, and to achieve that we deployed six Neumann KM150 microphones to the main table. With the hyper cardioid pickup of the AK50 (attached to the KM100 preamplifier) distance pickup was strong, while rejection off sound from other candidates was also excellent. In addition to this, a 31-band Graphic EQ was inserted onto each microphone channel, enabling full “ringing out” and further improved gain-before-feedback. All of this together provided clear and transparent sound to the full-house audience, with numerous members of community approaching our team after the debate to comment on how superior the sound quality had been compared to events they had attended in the past.
Finally, knowing that event was generating substantial local interest, and that local radio stations were keen to use snippets of the debate for their news broadcasts, we provided a full multi-track recording of the event using Logic Pro X, offering the very greatest flexibility to broadcasters requiring a record of the event.
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The youth of Yeovil’s Elim Pentecostal Church made their stage debut this May, with the first public performance of their new theatre and performing arts group. Building on a long standing relationship with the team at Elim, Revolution Audio was selected to provide full audio production for three days on site.
While the Elim venue may be small, its curved walls and hard surfaces make acoustics notoriously challenging. With this in mind, we turned to the smooth sound and predictable coverage of QSC K10s for a compact, unobtrusive FOH solution. With no live band and only low level sound effects and playback needing any low end extension, we connected the in house subwoofers (already installed in custom stage cutouts) to a subgroup output on the FOH console, giving maximum control where it was needed. Indeed, before the system had even had any tuning applied at all, staff at the venue were complimenting the sound quality of the system.
And on the subject of mixing, our Soundcraft Si Compact has become a firm favourite for theatrical work thanks to its fast layout, dedicated cue buttons, and comprehensive show management systems. Once again, this was deployed and connected to the stage by a MADI CAT5 Digital Snake.
Lead characters were equipped with discrete headset microphones, running into eight Sennheiser EW300 G3 wireless systems. While the receivers were located at the FOH mix position (utilising antenna distribution and a pair of paddle antennas), we utilised a wireless network and two copies of Sennheiser Wireless Systems Manager to enable a second technician to monitor the systems from the dressing rooms using a laptop. This local network was also used to enable a FOH to Stage local instant-messaging system, working alongside radio comms. All of this enabled a standard of production value previously thought unobtainable by the Elim team. For characters not using headset microphones, three industry-standard Crown PCC-160 floor microphones were deployed, with BSS Graphic EQ applied to each mic individually to maximise gain-before-feedback.
The production was considered a tremendous success, attracting sell out crowds for both performances, and already discussions have turned to the next shows, and we look forward to being involved again!
Revolution Audio offers full production services across the UK from our Somerset base, and here in the south-west we are becoming exceptionally well known for our work on theatrical productions of all scales. Our attitude, commitment and equipment make us an ideal choice for performers of all levels. Above this, we also offer equipment hire, live recordings and consultancy. If you have any audio requirements for your next event, click here to get in touch with us.