The recent series of acrobatic air races that took over Abu Dhabi signalled another edition of the Red Bull Air Race had arrived. And, for another year, Delta Sound were involved with ensuring that the event audio went without a hitch.
Contracted by Blink Experience, Delta supplied and operated an audio package for public address to the spectators’ areas. The PA distribution encompassed the Race Club and Sky Lounge next to the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village (opposite the beach), public areas on the Corniche, the road side in front of the Emirates Palace and the corner plaza at Marina Mall.
The team, led by Senior Engineer Craig Harvey, used a range of products to cover the vast areas open to the general public, as well as the VIP zones and media areas. The public areas and the Race Club were covered by L-Acoustics V-DOSC, KUDO and K2 systems, while the VIP venue Sky Lounge was supplied with a compact distributed system of L-Acoustics MTD108s and 5XTs.
Harvey explained: “We installed an impressive amount of fibre and analogue signal cable to distribute audio to all the relevant areas of coverage; all routed back to one central control point where we picked up the feeds from broadcast. It can be quite a task to get it all right but with a bit of good planning and plenty of support from both the local and international production teams, the event was made much easier. With the wireless infrastructure we installed we had access to all the elements of the PA and could get control wherever and whenever we needed.”