Steve Atkinson, Associate Sound Designer, Royal Shakespeare Company. Photo by Richard Ecclestone.
“The A8 is a perfect fit for this show,” Atkinson continues. “It’s an incredibly impressive system. The A8 footprint scales perfectly [into the auditorium]. The coverage is excellent, you don’t
obliterate the people at the front with high SPL for those at the back to get the same experience.”
As for prep, all the magic took place in Autograph’s yard, where it remained for three weeks before loading out. “Everything was built from scratch with this job in mind,” says Will McGonagle, taking up the story
Meanwhile, Steve Atkinson believes that the quality of the PA sound was equally down to the prep by Harman’s Principal Application Engineer, Steve Ellis. “Stuart Moffat, our PSE, who had also worked with Tony Gayle on Get Up, Stand Up! had the app with a copy of the settings Steve generated, based on Tony’s initial calculations.”
In fact the team utilised the impressive JBL Array Link mobile companion app that works in conjunction with JBL’s Line Array Calculator 3 software to assist deploying JBL VTX Series line arrays.