Electro-Voice supplies sound for Day of German Unity celebrations

A giant open-air party to mark the Day of German Unity was thrown in Munich city centre on October 2nd and 3rd 2012, with Electro-Voice providing the audio setup.

The highlight of the event was a service at the Jesuit Church of St Michael, featuring addresses by the president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck, chancellor Angela Merkel and the minister president of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer.

The sound production for the stage was the responsibility of Weilheim-based company TC Showtechnik. The team, led by managing director Martin Schulze (sound), Bernhard Gandorfer (stage) and Michael Hahn (system) relied upon an extensive sound reinforcement system from Electro-Voice.

The centrepiece of the installation was the main PA – an Electro-Voice XLC line array comprising two hangs of eight XLC 127DVX elements each. Six XLE 181 systems from the XLVC series were used to provide front fill, and to ensure powerful performance in the low-frequency range, the TCS team opted for three Xsubs per side, as well as six Xsubs in the centre.

As side fills, four PX1122 (tops) and XCS312 (subs) units were deployed on each wing, and the foldback to the performers on stage was provided by twelve PX1152M monitors. Eight CP3000S and four TG7 amplifiers provided the requisite power, while three N8000 and two Dx46 controllers governed the entire installation. The system was controlled via IRIS-Net software with FIR-Drive, which allowed every individual signal to be controlled and supervised easily.

“We were given the commission for basically two reasons,” explained Martin Schulze. “Firstly, we were recommended by other media partners involved in the production, and secondly, we already had considerable experience of handling festivals on very tight schedules. The stage was professionally equipped and all the systems functioned impeccably.”

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