Les Victoires de la Musique, which recognizes the top recording artists in France with a live show at the 5,000-seat Le Zénith arena in Paris, this year featured live performances David Guetta, Brigitte, Jean Louis Aubert and Christine and the Queens, among others, with the audio crew utilizing Solid State Logic (SSL) Live consoles.
Specifically, both the live performances (accompanied by a live orchestra) and broadcast were supported by four SSL Live. L500 consoles at both front of house and monitors.
Supplied for the event by Parisian rental firm Silence, the L500’s layout, with its intuitive touch screen and hardware controls, were a great fit for the ceremony’s two front-of-house engineers. The production was technically sophisticated, with 10 SSL stageboxes on stage.
Fabien Chanier, who handled the house mix for the performers, and Stephane Pelletier, who mixed the orchestra, deftly managed the heavy workload of this complex live event. Chanier and Pelletier also faced the sonically challenging placement and use of movable screens, which were shifted around the stage throughout the show, obscuring different loudspeakers at varying times.
Two more L500s were stationed at the monitor position, where Alex Maggi mixed band monitors while Jerome Kalfon focused on the orchestra monitors. Gilles Hugo, director of Silence, the Paris-based AV company that provided sound services for the show, served as the ceremony’s director of sound.
Silence also recently used an L500 for the NRJ Music Awards, presented by NRJ Radio and broadcast on TF1 TV.