The first Red Bull Soundclash in Greece recently was supported by a TTL+ active line array system from RCF — provided as part of a complete sound, lighting and visual package across two identical stages by Greek production company, Kariotis Meletios Events Productions.
This unique band competition, famous throughout the world and held for the first time in Athens’ Building 56, saw a battle between Greek bands Vegas and Melisses.
With two identical stages installed opposite each other in the same venue the concept of the competition was that the audience would vote vocally for the best group after each of the songs (Melisses recording 124dBA on the decibel meter to emerge as victors).
Sound reinforcement for the event included four arrays of four TTL55-A active line arrays and a TTS36-A flown subwoofer, with four stacked arrays of two TTS-56A subs, divided equally cross the two stages. In fact the presence of the TT 55-A was its first official outing in the country.
With RCF TT+ product specialist, Emanuele Morlini, providing on-site support to help set up and optimise the system — controlled and monitored by RCF’s advanced remote control system, RD Net — the TTL solution offered an ultra dynamic and high energy live experience to the audience and delivered a continuous 120dB free of distortion over the entire period.
Kariotis Meletios had been awarded the contract by Red Bull’s American-based events company, Eleven Productions. Explaining the concept, Pandelis Kariotis said that the two famous bands participating on the two stages represented different genres. “A db meter mic was installed measuring the volume of the crowd screaming right after each performance and displaying the results on two big LED screens at the back of the two stages.”
The Greek production company had around 16 technicians working three days for the preparation of this project in order to manage the installation of the trussing and staging, the installation of the sound, light and LED displays, with soundchecks on the third day. MTV Greece, who hosted and broadcast the event, then moved in with a production crew, ten cameras and a OB van, while Eleven Productions managed all structures for Red Bull as well as crowd control.
The RCF system received a highly positive reaction all round. “The fact that the performance of TTL was state of the art was recognised immediately by the sound engineers of both groups,” confirmed Mr. Kariotis.
“The USA production company was also delighted with our standard of organisation, state of the art equipment and the expertise of our technicians.”