|Norwest Productions And Sound.com Kick Off 2010 Commonwealth Games In India with JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays
NORTHRIDGE, California – Bringing together more than 50 nations from around the world, the 2010
Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India opened its 12-day athletic competition with a large, multi-array JBL
VERTEC® line array system powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers to support the opening ceremonies. The
system successfully filled the Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, occupied by more than 60,000 spectators and
nearly 5,000 athletes. Audio production companies Norwest Productions (Australia) and Sound.com (India)
collaborated to implement Auditoria’s sophisticated event system design in the field.
Scott Willsallen of Auditoria, having already completed major games ceremonies such as the Athens 2004
Olympics, Doha 2006 Asian Games and the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, was contracted by the
organizing committee for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games to design and manage the audio system for
both the opening and closing ceremonies.
Twenty-five distributed JBL VERTEC arrays lined the stadium to ensure everyone from the floor seats to the
upper levels fully enjoyed the entertainment, which included performances from traditional Nagada
drummers, who drummed to the beat of the countdown to the official start of the event. Eight of the arrays
featured three JBL VT4889 fullsize line array elements and 17 contained three VT4888 midsize line array
elements, with each also including a fullsize VERTEC arrayable subwoofer. One hundred and two Crown
92 I-Tech HD amplifiers, powered the JBL VERTEC rig. Harman’s HiQnet™ System
Architect system software was used for configuration, remote control and monitoring of the system.
Norwest (Sydney, Australia) teamed with a regional, Mumbai-based sound production company, Sound.com,
to supply the entire audio package and crew for the Delhi games’ opening and closing ceremonies.
“The VERTEC V4 DSP tunings are excellent. The only additional tuning we had to do was some minor notch
filtering to tidy up the response in the venue,” stated Willsallen. “It was all very subtle filtering. If it came down
to it, we could have run the show very successfully without any additional E.Q. filtering.”
On the field of play, 25 JBL SRX712M speakers were used for the
performers’ monitor system, while 32 JBL CBT70J column speakers
and JBL SRX718S subwoofers were used to ensure that athletes on
the field could experience the event’s sound. On the main stage,
JBL VRX915M monitor wedges were utilized for musical
“Norwest Productions and Sound.com combined their resources and
skills to deliver an excellent audio system, which met the
performance requirements of my design and worked within the
project budget,” summarized Willsallen.
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Sound.com can be reached at: http://www.online-sound.com/
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