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Arcade Fire’s sound bridges the gap

Production News
December 6, 2017

Production professionals working with Arcade Fire on its Infinite Content tour believe they assembled the concert touring world’s largest Audio Video Bridging (AVB) system to date.

AVB ensures time-sensitive networking and compatibility between equipment by different manufacturers, across a wide range of sectors including professional and consumer electronics and the automotive industry.

Arcade Fire’s system, devised by French manufacturer L-Acoustics and its North American distributor Solotech, linked units including 92 AVB-equipped L-Acoustics LA12X amplified controllers, 48 K1 and 80 K2 loudspeakers, with processing by a pair of Meyer Sound Galaxy units, one of which used analogue, rather than digital lines, for back up.

The show, which visited venues including Canada’s Pacific Coliseum (cap. 17,700) in Vancouver, USA’s Key Arena (17,500) in Seattle and Mexico’s Auditorio Nacional (10,000) in Mexico City, enjoyed the “inherent benefits” of AVB including low latency (the time between an audio signal entering the system and leaving it), “ultra-simple” deployment and “minimal” network configuration.

“It is exciting to see the power of AVB bring together this magnitude of devices into one reliable, flexible, yet massive touring rig,” says Patrick Prothe of the Avnu Alliance, a consortium of businesses signed up to AVB protocols.

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