"Duftstars" gala in Berlin with TSE AG and Electro-Voice
June 18th, 2012
- The 20th "Duftstars" gala in Berlin's Tempodrom on May 4th featured a host of stars including Dita Von Teese, Jean Paul Gaultier, and ex-Spice Girl Melanie C
- TSE AG of Berlin were once again responsible for the sound production
- The centrepiece of the sound reinforcement design was an Electro-Voice XLD compact line-array
On May 4, the Tempodrom in Berlin provided the setting for the 20th "Duftstars" gala. At this annual event, the Fragrance Foundation Deutschland distinguishes the fragrance of the year with the "Duftstars" award. In recent years the event in the Berlin Tempodrom has risen to the status of one of the most important social gatherings of the year. For this reason the stars were packed pretty closely for this year's sold-out jubilee event, with the likes of Dita Von Teese, Werner Baldessarini, Cosma Shiva Hagen, Sonya Kraus, Jette Joop, Eva Padberg, and Jean Paul Gaultier rubbing shoulders on the red carpet. The event was hosted by TV star Barbara Schöneberger, whilst the musical highlights were provided by ex-Spice Girl Melanie C and Voice of Germany winner Ivy Quainoo.
To ply this demanding audience with sound of the highest possible quality and intelligibility, the organizers engaged renowned Berlin events service provider TSE AG, who gave a convincing demonstration of their expertise and high-quality equipment at last year's "Duftstars" gala. This year, the team led by TSE Project Manager Daniel Maletz excelled once again.
The team began setting up the sound reinforcement system on Wednesday, May 2, and it soon became clear that the main PA would need to be compact, powerful, and flexible. For this reason an XLD system from Electro-Voice was selected. "We had already deployed the XLD successfully at a large number of events," explains TSE AG's sound engineer Alexander Lewin. "For the 'Duftstars' production, it had no serious competition, as it offered an opportunity to provide ideal coverage to all sections of the audience. A further plus is that visually it's a very unobtrusive system, which at an event like this, with so many VIPs in attendance and cameras everywhere, is a powerful argument."
A further advantage of the XLD was evident both before and immediately after the event: its easy handling. "The XLD makes setting up and dismantling quick and uncomplicated," says Lewin. "That left us all more time to get some sleep!" In addition to the 26 Electro-Voice XLD array elements, the set-up for the 20th "Duftstars" gala featured twelve Electro-Voice Xsubs reinforcing the lowest frequencies as well as twelve Electro-Voice TG7 and four Electro-Voice P3000 power amplifiers. Foldback was provided by eight Electro-Voice PX1122M monitors driven by CP4000S power amplifiers and the entire system controlled via IRIS-Net by a NetMax N8000.
snapshot, gm, June 2012