BBC Radiophonic Workshop enlists Behringer

The reactivated Radiophonic Workshop (RWS) has chosen Behringer’s X32 Digital Mixing Console and EUROLIVE Active loudspeakers for a series of upcoming electronic music events.

To celebrate both the return of RWS and the anniversary of Doctor Who, the RWS joined a 200-strong cast of musicians for the BBC Doctor Who Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall in July.

The RWS will also be curating and headlining a mini-festival celebrating the Workshop’s legacy and their return to the stage at the London Roundhouse in November, a venue they sold out when they last played live in 2009. As well as two sets from the RWS and guests, the event will feature a recreation of the Radiophonic Workshop in 5.1-surround sound that onlookers will be able to interact directly with. The on-stage mix, FX and monitoring will be handled by the X32 console and the S16 and P16 stage units.

Other RWS events this year include an appearance at Festival Number 6 in Port Merion, Wales and other festival appearances across Europe.

The current RWS on-stage rig consists of a Behringer X32 Digital Mixing Console, two S16 Digital Snakes, the POWERPLAY P16 Personal Monitoring System, EUROLIVE B812NEO Active Loudspeakers and B1800D-PRO Active 18in subwoofers for the entire audio distribution.

“Designing the system we needed was a daunting task,” clarified Mark Ayres, chief tech for the RWS. “The RWS combine vintage analogue synthesisers with live musique concrete, discovered sounds and the latest computer technology. Creative mixing and live sound treatments are as much a part of our performances as the playing of our old modular synths. Any system we used had to be incredibly versatile, intuitive and responsive to the demands we make of it in the challenging modern live environment. We had to interface up to 32 channels to one computer, and bus the 5.1 surround mix from another. We needed a highly flexible routing system to allow us to easily switch the shows from mono to 5.1, to use our own PA or the venues’ local FOH or a combination of the two.

“We will be playing at festivals where the set up time is inevitably short. We were looking for a monitoring matrix that would permit each band member to tailor and control their own local mix too. In addition it had to be scale-able and expandable. The system also had to be compact, portable and robust enough to meet the demands of touring and studio use.

“In the Behringer X32 we found the ideal on-stage mixer, and we found that our other needs have been easily met by the addition of the Behringer S16 stage boxes, P16 monitor distributors and associated personal monitor stations. These products deliver the perfect integrated solution for us. In using the X32 I found it easy and intuitive to navigate; it has quickly become an integral element of our touring rig. The X32 has been a revelation, and most of all, we enjoy using this gear."