Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – The New Generation has been hitting venues across Europe with a Martin Audio MLA system in its audio arsenal.
The new production features a fresh cast, but the team of Simon Honywill (FOH engineer), Mark Edwards (system technician) and Steve Watson (monitor engineer) remains the same, with sound production company RG Jones again fielding Martin Audio’s MLA multi-cellular loudspeaker array system.
Simon Honywill believes this to be the strongest cast yet – featuring the likes of Liam Neeson, Ricky Wilson from The Kaiser Chiefs, Marti Pellow and Jason Donovan – and certainly the most elaborate production.
“Whichever way you look at it, the production is on an epic scale,” commented the FOH engineer.
Although the sound team possesses in-depth knowledge of the acoustic characteristics offered by each venue visited, Edwards had no intention of falling back on saved optimisations within the MLA control environment.
London’s O2 Arena was a case in point: “I remember being very impressed with the clarity of the system at the back of the arena – around 100m from the array and 30m above the arena floor," said Edwards. "The house delays were unable to add anything – not even any sparkle to the top end of the system – and in the end I only used them at very low levels to add a little low mid warmth. For 16 boxes a side I think that is very impressive.”
RG Jones provided a scalable MLA system ranging from 16-element hangs at the O2, down to ten aside.
“Because the Left/Right system is pushed wide and upstage we have used some standard W8LM arrays as fills to boost the intensity and energy of the imaging in the expensive seats," Honywill continued. "We’ve also used W8LCs as side hangs and four W8LMDs built into the set across the front, for nearfield coverage.”
Honywill also overhauled his FOH set-up for the tour, replacing his D-Show and Profile consoles with a DiGiCo SD7 and extender, while using an Avid MixRack to allow the Sony Oxford plug-ins to play their part. This increased output capacity enabled him to use SoundGrid to run Waves Audio plug-ins direct from the console.
DPA d:fines were used as vocal mics for the shows.
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