With winding walkways radiating from the main stage to two B stages on Justin Timberlake’s The Man of the Woods in-the-round tour, front-of-house (FOH) engineer Andy Meyer says he required a complex audio distribution network capable of converting analogue signal to digital.
He confirmed his preference for an Optocore fibre system following a “shoot-out” with a rival product before designing a set-up that would work for your dates such as America’s Chesapeake Energy Center (cap. 18,200) in Oklahoma City, the UK’s Manchester Arena (21,000) and Germany’s Mercedes-Benz Arena (18,000) in Berlin.
The “elaborate” signal flow for Timberlake and backing band the Tennessee Kids involves 200 inputs and 168 outputs including the PA.
“The shoot-out confirmed that, for our working environment, Optocore was by far the best solution,” says Meyer, who uses Optocore R Series converters to service a multi-network system controlled by DiGiCo SD Series consoles.
Meyer based his FOH environment around a SD7 and two SD Racks. A second Optocore/Digico monitor network is overseen by engineer Paul Klimson.
“The advantage of Optocore is that it simplifies everything to just two pieces of fibre, and it sounds fantastic,” says Meyer. “When you are carrying a lot of analogue the solution has to be simple.”