Lawo powers Bastille Day’s Concert de Paris for seventh consecutive year

Lawo mixing consoles were at the heart of the audio setup for France’s ‘Concert de Paris’ for the seventh consecutive year in 2021 – delivering the famous performance to a TV audience of 10 million. 

The concert is part of the country’s traditional Bastille Day celebrations which mark the beginning of the modern French Nation on 14 July every year.

Serving both the live and broadcast sound requirements, German audio experts Lawo provided a 48-fader mc²56 production console for the orchestra mix, while a 48-fader mc²56 took over the monitor tasks. A 16-fader mc² extender was used to allow social distancing between the two operators.

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The event’s Lawo mixing consoles and I/O systems were connected over an Optocore fibre optic network provided by Radio France. 

Separate preamp control for FOH and monitors and a split to the Lawo mc²66 console used for the broadcast mix enabled use of the on-air console’s own stageboxes and DALLIS mic preamps.

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“It is a great honour for Lawo to be trusted, year after year, by Radio France for such a prestigious event as the provider of the audio mixing consoles for both the public address and broadcast signals”, said Joffrey Heyraud, Lawo Sales Director France. “It highlights the excellence of our equipment with uncompromising audio processing and state-of-the-art reliability.”

The annual concert is one of the largest classical music events in the world and usually draws as many as 500,000 on-site spectators. Last year’s event went ahead without a live crowd due to the pandemic. 

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This year, the show – featuring the Orchestre National de France and the Chœur de Radio France, along with internationally renowned soloists – was attended on-site by an audience of 15,000 people. The concert was broadcast to a record 3.5 million TV viewers in France and an estimated 10 million audience in Europe.

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