Professional Sound - February 2018 - Page 34

A Flexible Audio Solution The 2017 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Montreal By Andrew King M ontreal’s Olympic Stadium is one of the city’s most recognizable and iconic architectural feats; however, the venue is notorious among audio professionals for the less-than-ideal acoustics and antiquated sound system in its massive main bowl. That was part of the challenge facing the production team behind the International Federation of Gymnastics (IFG)’s 2017 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, which ran from Octo- ber 2-8. The group was tasked with creating a “unique and inti- mate amphitheatre” environment within the stadium for what was to be “the ‘rock show’ of gymnastics,” according to one member of the organizing committee, and deployed a unique and flexible audio solution to help make that vision a reality. Heading up that production team was Sylvain Tessier of Suite 302, a Montreal-based collective of production technologies pros who’ve lent their expertise to major events like Montreal’s Bal en 34 • PROFESSIONAL SOUND Blanc, the 2017 broadcast of the city’s Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day festivities, Tele-Quebec’s Belle et Bum, and Montreal’s 375 th anni- versary celebrations. While Suite 302 is a relatively new firm, Tessier and his col- laborators are veterans of the live production industry, so despite the inherent challenges in transforming Olympic Stadium into an intimate and engaging theatre-like environment, his team was up to the task. Suite 302 tapped Montreal audio consulting firm One Wave with the design, calibration, and operation of the audio system for the event. That team included principal designer Jonathan La- fontaine working closely with David Vincent, the Montreal-based senior technical support specialist for renowned loudspeaker manufacturer Meyer Sound, and veteran FOH engineer and sys- tem designer Pierre Tougas, a co-founder and associate with One Wave. Tougas also manned the Yamaha CL5 during the event to ensure pristine music playback and speech intelligibility for the MC, judges, athletes, and audience.