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An Allen & Heath dLive S7000 control surface in place at front of house for the recent performance by Hungária at Puskas Arena in Budapest.

Hungária Electrifies A Huge Audience In Budapest With Allen & Heath

Pop-rock band that first formed in 1967 reunites at Puskas Arena with more than 50,000 in attendance supported by the dLive platform at both front of house and monitors, joined by ME-1 personal mixers.

Pop-rock band Hungária, which first formed in 1967, recently reunited on the stage at Puskas Arena in Budapest in front of more than 50,000 spectators for the gig with support from Allen & Heath mix systems at both front of house and monitors.

Both positions were outfitted with the flagship dLive platform, including S7000 control surfaces paired with DM MixRacks. The largest dLive surface, the S7000 provides two 12-inch touchscreens and 36 faders working with the DM MixRacks that offer 128 input channels and 64 mix outputs with a configurable 64-bus architecture.

The FOH team was comprised of chief engineer Daniel Toth, who oversaw both the band and vocal channels, joined by Zsolt Gyulai handling sound design tasks using external insert plugins. They used Waves Soundgrid integration so that every lead vocal and instrument group received plugin support from Waves SuperRack.

The monitor mix for the musicians and lead vocalists was delivered by engineer Jozsef Sodar to more than 30 wedges via 12 monitor mixes as well as six stereo in-ear monitors. In addition, eight Allen & Heath ME-1 personal mixers delivered control on up to 40 channels, with the top-panel ambient mic helping to keep performers in touch with the stage sound and letting them hear the audience and communicate with each other without needing to remove their earpieces.

Sound engineer Tamas Ditzmann was also on-hand as the dLive support specialist, having designed the Allen & Heath system used for the concert. He also oversaw the ME-1 deployment.

The band’s elaborate setup included 90 analog inputs for the band, vocalists, and B-stage instruments, with an additional 16 Dante inputs for the wireless microphone signals of the lead vocals. Utilizinging a DM48 MixRack and three DX168 expanders, the monitor mixing system handled the master clock and gain, and transmitted 128 channels to the FOH mixer via a GigaAce card. The FOH MixRack then fed the PA system through AES/EBU and redundant analog outputs.

“Overall, we can say that the Allen & Heath dLive system fully met and exceeded the challenges of a stadium-sized concert,” concludes Toth. “It provided exceptional sound quality and reliability.”

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