Scott Willsallen writes about his experience as Audio Systems Designer at the London 2012 Olympic Stadium.
Once L-ACOUSTICS were selected as the brand of choice for the sound system at the Olympic Stadium for the Olympics and Paralympics at London 2012, the collective team faced a gargantuan task. Exceptional sound was required to electrify a brand new stadium with a capacity of 80,000 for the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics as well as for every single athletic event held within the Olympic Stadium over a 29 day period in total.
The amount of kit required to meet these diverse needs was exceptional. Most large-capacity touring gigs do not usually require more than 100 large format line source cabinets, but the Olympic Stadium hosted over double that figure. Scott Willsallen Audio Systems Designer at London 2012 Ceremonies Limited, who was responsible for the design and implementation of the technology at the Olympic Stadium says that, “I’ve never put that much power in the air with a sound system before.” As far as L-ACOUSTICS is aware, no one has ever assembled together so many amplifiers to one network before either.
The total inventory comprised 220 V-DOSC line sources cabinets, plus 51 ARCS II downfill cabs spread out across 22 arrays, suspended from a custom tension ring made especially for the event. An additional two arrays were suspended from the roof with 6 KUDO in each. On the ground, a further 88 SB28 subs and 88 KUDO were provided as additional sound reinforcement for the opening and closing ceremonies. The equipment was supplied by Delta Sound, Norwest Productions, Autograph and Britannia Row Productions.
Full case study available here (PDF): OLYMPICS GAMES CASE STUDY
Scott Willsallen from Auditoria Pty Ltd, London 2012 Ceremonies Audio Systems Designer