Wyclef Jean, multi-platinum hip-hop legend, made an appearance on stage at the Venkestshawara Farm House in Pune (Maharashtra, Western India), on December 8, 2008, and the sound was superb thanks to EAW’s KF760 Line Array Speaker Systems, provided by Mumbai-based Rich Audio.
“For FOH, we flew two KF760 Line Array Modules, plus two KF761 Line Array Modules per site with optimal angles of boxes,” recalled Lee Braganza, Rich Audio FOH and System Engineer. “The technical result was that the sound in the venue was perfect with no slap backs. To achieve this, we used two EAW UX8800 Digital Signal Processors with presets for different sound zones.” The EAW processors, along with amplifiers from Crown Audio, were completely networked to a wireless tablet Laptop, which was equipped with EAW’s Smaart Live to provide system correction according to venue and complete system management.
“Everyone who has heard the new system has offered fantastic reviews,” Lee Braganza added. “The sound quality is unmistakably EAW, and Wyclef’s FOH engineer Alfred, in particular, was amazed that so little needs to be done with the rig to attain a superior concert signature.”
Lee and Alfred only had to put in a half hour’s work, which mostly entailed wrapping their minds around India’s first Soundcraft Si3 Digital Live Sound Console. In fact, the Si3 was directly transported to the venue without having even been switched on, as they received it only a day prior to the event. Alfred was surprised to watch Lee figure out the console so quickly, and he was so impressed with the way Rich Audio’s engineers executed every thing to detail, that he offered for them to provide their services in Africa, and also requested them to be in contact with him for future events.
Richie Braganza, Rich Audio’s Founder, has long specialized in providing pro audio, lighting and trussing services for corporate and national artists, as well as high-profile special events. The new EAW and Sound Craft inventory now positions them to fully serve the needs of large-scale concert sound reinforcement as well. In fact, the new line array system and subwoofers have already been utilized for recently-completed events in Nanded by popular artist Daler Mendhi, in addition to Mumbai’s Dhirubhai Ambani International School’s annual day event.