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Waves eMotion LV1 Mixer powers Istanbul Conquest Day Celebrations

Waves eMotion LV1 Mixer powers Istanbul Conquest Day Celebrations

Waves eMotion LV1 Mixer powers Istanbul Conquest Day Celebrations


FOH engineer Tayfun Oksuz selected a Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer to cater for the performances at the Istanbul Conquest Day celebrations. The event customarily involves spectacular audio and lighting productions on a grand scale. Oksuz’s setup included a 24-inch touchscreen, a Waves FIT Controller for tactile control of eMotion LV1, an Axis One Waves-optimised computer, a Waves SoundGrid Extreme Server-C, a DSPRO StageGrid 1000 interface at FOH position connected via two Cat7 STP and two DSPRO StageGrid 4000 stageboxes at the stage plugged into L-Acoustics 24 Kudo tops and 16 SB28 subs.

“I am used to working with plugins in live events, so when I heard that eMotion LV1 was a very natural platform for running Waves plugins live, I immediately wanted to check it out,” explained Oksuz, who is a prominent live sound engineer in Turkey. “When I did, I was hugely impressed with the mixer’s pristine sound quality as well. In this specific show, my FOH position was 40m away from the PA and I could distinctly hear every single detail of my mix.

“LV1’s super-fast setup is another huge benefit,” Oksuz furthered. “You can load your LV1 system in 10 minutes and you’re all set. You can start the concert within 30 minutes, including all system settings. There is also an incredible technical team behind you at Waves: I can call them from Turkey and they answer all my questions instantly. What’s also great about the LV1 is the super-flexible offline prep ability: I can work at home, on a tour bus or in a hotel room, and get my show perfectly prepped. It’s absolutely amazing that I prepared my last concert at my home. In addition, I can take the Waves plugins used in studio recordings and put them in my LV1 system, and the quality stays the same.”

For the Conquest Day performances, Oksuz used all of the LV1’s 64 stereo channels. The complex production started with various speeches and continued with two different orchestras: the Mehtran Bolugu Turkish Ancient Army Orchestra, which has a 2,100-year history and utilises a wide assortment of musical instruments; and a symphonic orchestra led by famous Turkish composer/producer, Iskender Paydas. These were combined with additional pre-recorded tracks triggered from Pro Tools. All the live music, speeches, video sounds and jingles were mixed on the LV1 for the PA, and then sent to the broadcast mixer (two channels) from the LV1’s matrix-out. The broadcast stream used the same mix.

“The Waves plugins integrated within the eMotion LV1 were essential to mixing all these immensely diverse elements,” Oksuz explained. “My favourites are the H-EQ Hybrid Equalizer, Torque, the F6 Floating-Band Dynamic EQ, Bass Rider, Vocal Rider and the S1 Stereo Imager. Other must-have plugins include the NLS Non-Linear Summer, which I had on all 64 channels and all 24 subgroups, utilising the different characteristics of each of the plugin’s mix-preamps. And I always use Smack Attack and V-EQ4 on kick, snare and toms. These two plugins enable me to attain the genuine acoustic tones of the drums and percussion by using minor tweaking.”

“The LV1 is made with the convenience of an engineer’s workflow in mind,” Oksuz said. “Any auxiliary tool you are looking for is in front of you – just plug and play. I’ve done about twenty concerts with the Waves LV1 so far and I can say now that its superior sound quality has surpassed all my expectations. The overall sound quality of the mix is incredible. I have been working as an FOH engineer for over 32 years and using a digital mixer for the last 16. I’ve now switched to the Waves eMotion LV1 mixer because I believe in its workflow, technology and scalability. I believe in the future of its system and I believe in its sound.”

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