No fewer than six dLive systems were chosen to run the show at this year’s spectacular Primo Maggio event in Piazza San Giovanni, Rome. Over the course of the day over 30 major artists performed in front of a giant crowd and a huge live TV audience, including names such as Gianna Nannini and Fatboy Slim, and a 50-piece orchestra.
With 36 acts, short changeover times and a live broadcast to the RAI national TV channel, Primo Maggio featured a spectacular revolving dual-stage setup, with each stage having its own dLive system, each consisting of an S5000 surface and DM48 MixRack at front of house, and an S7000 surface with DM64 MixRack and DX32 I/O expansion for monitors. Both M-Dante and GigaAce cards were selected for audio distribution.
Specified by leading contractor ABC, supported by Arcadia Digital and Exhibo S.p.A, the setup also included a further two dLive systems comprising C3500 and C1500 surfaces with DM48 MixRacks for the complex communications requirements between stage and front of house.
Additionally, an Allen & Heath SQ-6 was used as a matrix mixer for the wedge and sidefill monitors that were situated outside the revolving stage setup.
To facilitate the broadcasters’ requirements, the main FOH mix from each stage, plus announcements and playback tracks from the VT programme were managed by the ‘central’ dLive comms / continuity system.
Given the complexity of the event, Roberto Marchesi (Pro Audio Manager at Exhibo S.p.A) said the power and flexibility of the dLive system was key to its success. “The dLive was chosen for its enormous capabilities including built-in I/O ports, patching and split signal abilities and Dante.” He further adds, “dLive’s user-friendly GUI interface and incredible sound make it the perfect console for this kind of event.”
Also supporting the event, Allen & Heath’s Live Sound Specialist Léon Phillips said: “It was great to see how quickly the house and visiting engineers took to the dLive with very little training needed. With no need for external processing, the mixes both on-stage, and in the house sounded full and clear. The ability to patch tie-lines through formats effortlessly won us many new friends that day. The stage organisation and changeovers were managed superbly and were a credit to the long-standing crew in Italy.”
Additional thanks to:
“Alto Stage Management” Toni Soddu and Alessio Guerrieri and all the others Back-liners ;
“Fox Sound” Carlo volpe Rf Coordinator;
“ABC” Massimo Ferranti, Marco Lecci, Alessandro Micheli, Valter Micheli;
“Arcadia Digital” Riccardo Garbuio;
FOH Eng. Davide Linzi and Simone Squillaro
Monitors Eng. Sam Cigna and Oliver Marino;
Klaus Hausherr as K-array System Designer;
Arturo Pellegrini and Roberto Rosu in the OB Van Mix for Broadcast