d&b Soundscape, The Perfect Accessory to Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show.
Brooker utilized d&b En-Scene, a sound object positioning tool to allow for the individual placement and movement of up to 64 sound objects.
“I was able to move different elements around, which made it feel like the sound was actually coming from the screens, while also setting the sound of tracks exactly where I wanted them, creating different layers and depths of positioning,” commented Brooker. “This made the audience feel like they weren't just at the cinema watching something coming at them but instead they were seated in the middle of a 360 degree experience.”
The d&b Soundscape system provided by Stage Sound Services, consisted of 66 total Y-Series loudspeakers. Along the side coverage of the house in five drops of ten Y12s, two drops of Y8s, as well as three drops of 4 V-SUBS and B6 & B22 subwoofers throughout the venue..
The lighting and video rig for the show was expansive, so the audio system needed to be flexible enough that it would be rigged without blocking any of the video elements. Additionally, given the unique round shape of the London venue complete with bleacher seating, table and chairs, shallow stages, and long walkways, the venue required a system that ensured sound would reach every member of its audience.
“With d&b Y-series we were able to place the correct size loudspeaker in each location while ensuring it remained out of sight lines,” said Brooker. “This, alongside Soundscape, meant that the same show was delivered no matter where viewers were seated.”
Brooker received support from Mike Beer, Stage Sound Services in addition to Jack Page, Education & Application Support at d&b and Adam Hockley, Business Development at d&b throughout the installation process.
“I truly enjoyed the Soundscape system, it provided a completely different element to the show to really bring it to life,” concluded Brooker. “I look forward to using it on my next production.”