Wembley Arena 2008


August 2008

_When London based Noise Control Audio stockist PF Events were booked to supply sound at Wembley Arena for cross borough event "Culture 8" the opportunity arose to configure their I-Fly PA system in a solution solving central array.
Event management West 8 specified that they needed 180 degree dispersion in order to cover the tiered side seating directly left and right of the stage and also stereo image. Minimal visual presence was required and budgeting was also quite tight. Direct consultation with NCA system designer Reay Grant resulted in a solution that that previously had only been theoretical.
_Reay comments, "a classic two hangs would have been expensive and only provided stereo image to those forward of the stage. The nature and beauty of point source relating different sections of the audience to separate drops of the array meant that by splitting consecutive drops to the left and right mix gave a perceived stereo image to the entire audience. Visual presence is massively reduced by the hang being only two boxes deep, one mid high and one mid bass, this allowed the system to be hung entirely above the lighting rig. Throw to the high outer seating is easily covered by the large horns used in the system and its built in downward dispersion bias meant that reflection from the ceiling was unperceived at the same time as excellent downward coverage, minimising the use of fills for the area directly in front of the stage."
_Event management and sound engineers where equally impressed with the results commenting on the clarity and stereo image.
Brandon Knights, FOH Engineer, Soul II Soul "Reay Grant's innovative and effective sound design really made the arena come to life with probably the best stereo imaging i've ever heard there."
_Robin Collings, Production Manager, Culture8 "Once again congratulations to Noise Control for a detailed and very full sounding event.We all thought it was a bit risky placing the whole thing in the centre but it sounded absolutely amazing! to the surprise of the whole technical team. I imagine Wembley be using that configuration again"
_The I-Fly system was designed from conception to be capable of wide dispersion arrays. Fly frames and boxes can be added to increase dispersion to the point where a complete 360 degrees is achieved with a hang 18 boxes round. Throw is increased by adding to the depth of the hang. Although fairly inconceivable in terms of rigging load (for a full circle) each hang is designed to be capable of dropping to a maximum of 10 boxes deep.
_Also just released From NCA and on show at this event where the I-Fly Rack and bespoke I/O panels. Hand built touring racks are in production with hinged rear doors for simple access to the amplifiers and fitted with custom I/O panels to give customers exactly the options required for their application. This rack and panel mean the I-Fly can now be supplied from the point of audio input right through the sound coming out of the box as a complete package all to the high specification exacted by NCA and expected by their customers.
_Further to the install inside the arena PF Events also supplied NCA ASYM3 systems for two small outdoor stages.