Kelowna, British Columbia production company Northwest Global Entertainment (NWGE) provided sound reinforcement for Panasonic’s Olympic Welcome Party as part of the kick-off of the 2010 Winter Olympics in the Vancouver region, utilizing a range of Martin Audio components.
Held at the Rocky Mountaineer Station and produced by The Brand Live Group in Vancouver, the Welcome Party was a corporate dinner and show featuring a special performance by Sarah Brightman.
NWGE designed a system consisting of 14 Martin Audio W8LM mini line arrays with two W8LMD downfill mini line arrays, four Martin WSX subwoofers, four Martin MA 2.8S and two MA4.2S power amplifiers, and Martin DX2 loudspeaker management processors.
Monitors and side fills consisted of eight Martin Audio LE1200 monitors powered by Martin Audio MA 4.8Q power amplifiers. Consoles included Yamaha LS9-32 for the main system and a Yamaha PM5D-RH for monitors.
The event crew included NWGE Front of House Engineer, Kevin Feres, Sarah Brightman’s Front of House Engineer Derrick Zieba, Sarah Brightman’s Monitor Engineer Seamus Fenton and NWGE System Techs Perry MacDonald and Steve Williams.
NWGE President Steve Williams said, “The client and venue required the very best sound possible with maximum yet smooth coverage throughout the venue. The headliner was very familiar with the performance of Martin Audio and wanted this system for this event.
“W8LM mini line arrays provided exceptional coverage and output,” Williams continued, “yet were extremely unobtrusive and allowed for clear sight lines for the audience and the visual presentations for the client.
“Our client was extremely particular about the caliber of the audio system for this gala event and Sarah Brightman’s touring engineers were extremely pleased with the performance and clarity of the Martin Audio system.
“The Martin Audio speakers rigged quickly and easily and were perfect for this job. The small profile of the array hang and exceptional coverage that it provided clearly confirmed what we have known for some time. Martin Audio rocks! We are always amazed by the performance we get from these little boxes. They are like the “Swiss army knife” in our speaker inventory. We were very happy with the results of this system.”