Several Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing systems were selected by two PA companies, APR Audio and SXS Events, running seperate Olympic events in Weymouth, where all of the sailing events were held.
Somerset-based APR Audio used several of its iLive systems for the opening night at the Weymouth & Portland Beach Live Site, which hosted live entertainment, welcomed the Team GB Sailing Squad, and broadcast a live screening of the London opening ceremony.
APR employed the largest Control Surface in the series - the iLive-176 - at FOH with an iLive-T112 at monitor position, both fed from an iDR-64 MixRack. An iDR-48 with iLive-144 was also set up to manage monitors for Eliza Carty, who headlined the opening night.
Meanwhile, SXS Events managed the Bayside Festival, a major festival running alongside the Weymouth Olympic Sailing Events. Located at the end of Weymouth beach, the festival had two outdoor stages, and iLive-T80 and a T112 iLive systems were used on the main stage for FOH and monitors.
"The 17 day event had a minimum of 7 bands on each day, so the iLives were especially useful as they enabled us to recall settings where time restrictions meant that we were unable to do sound checks. The guest engineers also really enjoyed using it, and those engineers who normally used analogue found the transition to digital very easy," explains SXS production manager, Justin Litten. “Furthermore, the systems were presented with another challenge, as they were exposed to Atlantic winds and salt spray for a prolonged period of time but this did not pose a problem at all!”