Lawo mixing consoles were at the hub of both the live and broadcast audio approach for this year’s Bastille Day celebration, with the traditional “Concert de Paris” taking place on the Champs du Mars at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
It marks the sixth consecutive year Lawo consoles were deployed for the event. Front of house utilized a 48-fader mc²56 production console for the orchestra mix, and an mc²36 console for soloists. A 48-fader mc²56 handled monitor tasks in a setup with a 16-fader mc² extender that was used in order to allow social distancing between the two operators. The backbone of the live sound system was an Optocore fiber-optic network deployed by Radio France.
Separate preamp control for FOH and monitors and a split to the Lawo mc²66 console used for the broadcast mix in a Radio France OB vehicle enabled use of the on-air console’s own stage boxes and DALLIS mic preamps.
The “Concert de Paris” held annually on July 14 is one of the largest classical music events held anywhere in the world with as many as 500,000 spectators on-site in pre-pandemic years, and is followed by a traditional firework display. The show – featuring the Orchestre National de France and the Chœur de Radio France, along with internationally renowned soloists – was relayed to 2,84 million TV viewers in France and an estimated 10 million audience in Europe with the Lawo setup.