QSC'S PORSCHE PERFORMANCE FOR PETER MAFFAY
29 January 2008
(Germany) - German rock legend Peter Maffay played a pre-Christmas charity show in front of 600 people at the Porsche customer center in Leipzig, Germany.
Sound reinforcement was provided by QSC's flagship audio products, including the WideLine line array and PowerLight PL380 amplification.
Due to its conical construction, the Porsche Customer Center provided Gert Pasemann from CWC Pasemann, who was responsible for the technical execution of this event, with a number of sound reinforcement problems, since the building tapers off.
Given these unique acoustic challenges, he contacted Shure Distribution GmbH, QSC’s exclusive German distributor, for technical and product support. Upon consultation, Santiago Alcalá, System Specialist for QSC in Europe, Middle East and Africa, flew to Leipzig to provide on-site support.
Prior to the concert, Alcalá and CWC Pasemann engineers used QSC’s EASE Focus software to assess different speaker configurations. Ultimately, they decided to place one line array on each side of the 160 sq. metre wide stage, each consisting of five WL2101-w elements. In addition, they positioned a total of four WL218 subwoofers at equal distances in front of, and next to the stage. “Due to the enormous width of the stage in proportion to the low depth of the audience area the WideLine’s 140° dispersion pattern delivered the perfect solution,” said Marcus Baeumler, QSC product manager at Shure Distribution GmbH.
QSC PL230s, PL6.0 IIs and the new PowerLight flagship PL380s provided amplification, while the system controller was a QSC Basis™ 914lz, monitored by QSControl.net™ 3.0 software via wireless LAN.
After the concert Werner Schmidl, substituting for Peter Maffay’s regular FOH sound engineer, Colin Norfield, said: “The line array did exactly what a line array is supposed to do. At first I was sceptical — due to the Porsche Center’s architecture the location is quite difficult — but the system worked flawlessly.
“And if it works here it will work anywhere.”
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