Lawo contributes to Concert de Paris at French National Day celebrations

 Concert de Paris at French National Day celebrations
Concert de Paris at French National Day celebrations

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Fête de la Fédération is held every year to celebrate the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in France, and  the tradition continues each year with parades, music and firework displays. Recently, German broadcast innovator - Lawo, has become an integral part of the celebration.


Central to the Paris celebration is the Concert de Paris, held at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. It is one of the largest classical music events held anywhere in the world and is followed by a spectacular fireworks display, attracting thousands of live spectators. The 2019 concert also celebrated Lawo’s fifth successive year serving both the live and broadcast sound requirements.


Working over the Optocore fiber-optic network deployed by Radio France for the live sound system to connect the event’s mixing consoles and I/O systems, the Concert de Paris continued its technical advance in pursuit of higher audio standards and greater operating efficiencies. With 200 musicians performing and 450 technicians in support, the 2019 Concert de Paris broadcast involved 22 cameras, a helicopter, and seven OB trailers.


Previous years had seen a Lawo mc²96 console used for the event’s FOH mixes with an mc²36 for monitors. This year, Lawo raised the stakes for live sound with a third-generation mc²56 console for the orchestra mix, and an mc²36 dedicated to the soloists at front-of-house. For monitoring, the engineers opted for an mc²56, with two operators manning the console to cover the orchestra and soloists. Separate preamp control for FOH and monitors and a split to the Lawo mc266 console used for the broadcast mix in Radio France No 5 OB vehicle enabled use of the on-air console’s own stageboxes and Dallis mic preamps.

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