The traditional Concert de Paris, which took place on the Champs du Mars at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on July 14 in celebration of Bastille Day, was supported by Lawo mixing consoles for the seventh consecutive year in serving both live and broadcast sound requirements.
The front of house console deployed for the orchestra mix was a 48-fader mc²56 production console, whereas a 48-fader mc²56 took over the monitor tasks in a setup with a 16-fader mc² extender being used in order to allow social distancing between the two operators. An Optocore fiber optic network was provided by Radio France for the live sound system to connect the event’s mixing consoles and I/O systems.
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 stageboxes and DALLIS mic preamps.
“It is a great honor 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,” says Joffrey Heyraud, Lawo Sales Director France. “It highlights the excellence of our equipment with uncompromising audio processing and state-of-the-art reliability.”
In pre-pandemic days, the Concert de Paris was one of the largest classical music events held anywhere in the world with as many as 500,000 spectators on site, followed by a traditional firework display. This year, the show – featuring the Orchestre National de France and the Chœur de Radio France, along with internationally renowned soloists – was followed on-site by an audience of 15,000 people, and was relayed to a record 3.5 million TV viewers in France and an estimated 10 million audience in Europe.