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DiGiCo Consoles Play Major Role In
Sochi Studio Front Of House Sound
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cott Willsallen, Director of
Auditoria Pty Ltd (Australia), was
Audio Director and Designer for the
opening and closing ceremonies
of the Olympic and Paralympic
games at Sochi's 40,000-seat Fisht
Olympic Stadium, at which DiGiCo
consoles played a major part.
Scott was engaged initially by
the Ceremonies Staging Agency
for the first stage of planning work,
then CSA engaged Five Currents
to deliver the Olympic Ceremonies
and World Wide Shows to deliver the
Paralympics, who engaged him for
the delivery stage.
The bid for tenders to provide the
ceremonies' audio equipment and
a 34-member team of specialists
who installed and managed the
impressive set-up (with nine
containers of equipment) was won
by Agorà of L'Aquila (Italy), who is no
newcomer to Olympic events, having
supplied equipment, logistic support
and technical staff for Turin's 2006
Olympic and Paralympic Games'
opening and closing ceremonies.
Scott explained: "The console
network at Sochi was quite similar
to London 2012. FOH, monitors and
main broadcast each had a pair of
mirrored SD7 consoles, one of which
was connected to the Optocore
network via MADI, the other to
DiGiCo SD Racks, also via MADI.
Using MADI as the connectivity
for all consoles makes mirroring
the SD7s really easy and ensures
100% fail-safety not only on the
mixing systems, but also the signal
transport networks."
The FOH consoles (helmed by
Richard Sharratt) were on Level
5, at the northern end of the show
control rooms. The monitor consoles
(manned by Umberto Polidori of
Agorà) were located adjacent to

accomplished in
just three days a great job by
all concerned!".
As well as
London 2012,
Scott had in fact
already spec'd
DiGiCo consoles
on other large
projects in the
past, such as
Doha
2011
Arab Games
Ceremonies,
2011 and 2003
Rugby World
Cup Ceremonies
and the Athens
2011 Special
Olympic Games
Ceremonies,
and
has
no
doubts
regarding the
Richard Sharratt works on the DiGiCo console at the Olympic and Paralympic games in
reasons he
Sochi's 40,000-seat Fisht Olympic Stadium
found them
the patch room, on level 3 back of
received from the music department.
well suited to use on such events.
house, and the broadcast facility (in
In addition to the main consoles,
He hightlighted the benefits: "Their
the capable hands of Andy Rose)
seven SD11 surfaces consoles
integration of MADI and Optocore,
was located next door to the Olympic
were also deployed and used
as well as their reliability, wide
Broadcast Service (OBS) OB trucks
as a monitoring interface for the
availability, wide industry acceptance
in their compound. Griff Hewis on the
and the unparalleled support offered
replay team, patch engineer and
other hand manned a pair of mirrored
RF engineer.
by DiGiCo UK."
SD11 consoles (also connected to
There are always challenges to
Agorà, founded in 1990 by brothers
the network) and looked after the
overcome in order to accomplish
Wolfango and Vittorio DeAmicis,
"atmos" sub-mix; the 5.1 audio was
such a large event so smoothly, Scott
has worked with DiGiCo from the
mixed with stereo crowd mixes to
reported: "One big issue faced was
manufacturer's outset.
obtain the sonic environment of
The rental firm's first D5 was
the transportation of the broadcast
the venue. Justin Arthur (Auditoria)
audio facility, which was unable to
actually delivered directly to one of
be freighted directly from Rome to
the annual "Pavarotti and Friends"
configured the consoles' audio and
Sochi, so we had a very brief period
data networking whilst Agorà's Senior
charity shows in the late tenor's home
System Engineer at both ceremonies
to dismantle the truck, pack the
town and immediately put to work
was industry veteran Daniele
equipment for air freight and build
with a star-studded cast.
Tramontani. Audio Consultant Bobby
the facility into portable cabins,
Agorà has the country's largest
Aitken worked with Scott to EQ the
which were acoustically treated onstock of DiGiCo consoles, including
Olympics' system along with Richard
site while the equipment was being
six D5, a D1, four SD11, two SD10,
Sharratt who was EQing stems
pushed through customs. This was
an SD9, four SD8 and nine SD7,


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