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Pro Audio-Central reports TLE supports Chinese National Day celebrations

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Tom Lee Engineering supports Chinese National Day celebrations


The Stream of Praise Music Ministries Foundation recently descended on Hall 5C at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for an evening of worship reinforced with a dynamic lighting show and lively on-stage band. Uniquely, the ministry opted for a four-sided stage design and handed Tom Lee Engineering the task of providing effective sound coverage throughout the hall without obstructing audience sightlines to the central four video screens.
One of the biggest challenges for the Tom Lee Engineering team was in providing effective monitoring for the musicians as a result of the stage’s four-sided shape. ‘Key performers were greeted with Aviom’s flagship A360 personal mixers to minimise the number of fold back monitors for a cleaner look and to reduce stage noise at the same time. They were able to easily dial in their own monitor mix and hear clearly through in-ear monitors,’ explained Alan Suen, marketing executive at Tom Lee Engineering. ‘Additionally, the unique shape of the stage in this venue posed a challenge in ensuring sound was distributed evenly throughout 360 degrees. Our team got around this issue by deploying more loudspeakers both stacked on the ground and flown at strategic locations.’
The team decided to use an Apogee ALA-9 line array, deploying main L/R hangs on either side of the stage, projecting forward. Apogee AE-5 speakers and a Vue Audiotechnik al-8 line array system were used as fills to complement the front of house system. Additional Vue hs-25 subwoofers were used for low-end reinforcement. A Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console was used as the front of house console. According to the Tom Lee team, the CL5’s Dante capability allowed it to be ‘easily connected’ to the Rio stagebox as well as an Aviom D800 A-net distributor.
‘The major difference from a worship event to a regular music concert is that worship events typically require more open space on stage as performers move around more frequently and there are more people on stage at the same time,’ furthered Mr Suen. ‘For our sound engineers, intelligibility and balance of the speaker or choir is their main priority. In a regular music concert, they are more focused on having everything sound as musical as possible with enough punch to excite the audience.’
HONG KONG: The Home Affairs Bureau and Organising Committee of Compatriots in Hong Kong recently joined forces to mark the 66th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. Taking place at the Hong Kong Coliseum, National Day celebrations were spread over four evenings and were supported with a variety of audio and lighting equipment from Tom Lee Engineering.

The first evening of celebrations comprised a literature and arts gala themed Patriotic Love, which included music and cultural performances from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison’s military band, The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Hong Kong Children and Juvenile Chinese Opera Troupe. A youth concert was held on the second evening featuring artists from across Mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as Singapore and Korea. The last two evenings concluded with a charity gala intended to promote an inclusive society that is appreciative of differences in culture, social status or disabilities. Performers at the galas included the Sichuan Disabled Art Troupe, Hong Kong residents with disabilities and various professionals across different industries.

Tom Lee Engineering catered for the four-day-long festivities with Yamaha PM1D and PM5D digital mixing consoles at front of house and a CL5 for the monitor mix. According to the company, ‘due to the large number of people on stage, proper balancing of the gain level was crucial to prevent feedback’. The Tom Lee Engineering team was also responsible for providing the event’s microphone complement, calling upon a Shure UR4 diversity receiver with 20 UR2/Beta 58A handheld wireless mics and eight WL184 lavalier condenser mics for the performers and speakers. Additional audio equipment used included Radial J48 Active and JDI Passive DI boxes for musical instruments. Audio was complemented by a colourful visual display from a combination of Martin MAC Viper Profile and Viper Wash fixtures.