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Welcome back to the Eurovision Diary!

My name is Ola Melzig, and I’m the Technical Director for the show, responsible for lighting, sound, staging, rigging, automation, LED, projection and pyro, so I’ll have my hands full, for sure.

Bookmark this page to get your daily updates - they will appear in order of the most recent news first, going backwards. If you've missed any days, there is a menu on the right. We'll stick to the format from previous years, where we post the daily news from what happened the day before, because we work late and don't want you to miss anything from the previous night!

So this is for you, dear readers. WELCOME to our daily lives.    Yours truly, Ola Melzig, Technical Director

May 1

Merhaba müzik severler!

Absolutely amazing! We had over 5,380,000 hits during April alone!

YOU GUYS ROCK!

 

cow

Cowabunga! It's a brand new day here at Malmö Arena. I don't want to steer you in the wrong direction, but I think today will be very a-moo-zing!

 

kinetics

Our Kinetic sculptures that Tait invented especially for this show are hung in very fast wire winches, and the led lighting source is controlled with with W-DMX .

 

down-soundfoh

While we're watching rehearsals, it's a good time to explain some of our processes in detail. Today we'll talk about the sound system. I mean, TODAY WE WILL TALK ABOUT THE SOUND SYSTEM!!! (Just to make sure you could hear me) 

 

oskarandcow

 Here's our dear Head of Sound Oskar Johansson with Mr. Cow, ready to walk us through the set up.

 

dallas

First we'll introduce you to the team. This is Dallas Dahl, Monitor Engineer.

 

meijer

Here is Oskar Meijer, In-ear and headmics.

 

soundfoh

Here's the Monitor team, from left to right Johan Rinstad, Monitor Engineer, Peter "Degen" Degerfeldt, BackTrax operator and Jacob "Jake the snake" Håål, Audio for hosts

 

speakers-sm

As a main sound system, the Nexo Geo T large format tangent line array system was chosen. It was already proven during the Melodifestivalen earlier this year in the same arena. It fulfills our need for clarity and efficiency plus it's tiltable and lightweight for this application (important in an already crowded roof! click for larger image)

 

linearray

The interesting thing with this arrangement is the unusual way of using a main front fill hanging system as a delayed system. A smaller version above the stage is used as a main and its level is under control of Matthias Winther at FOH in order to attenuate the level of speakers above the stage in cases when there is not a music performance (hosts are talking, voting, etc...) - basically when the main attention is focused somewhere into the downstage area.

 

midasXL8

Here is the brain for the whole show - the Midas XL 8 digital console (1 main and 1 backup). Here is where audio signals, fiber or analogue multicors are received and distributed to the next audio worlds. Because we are talking about a fully backed up sound system, everything is doubled - the processors, splitters, network converters, UPS, etc... The only thing on this show that doesn't have a back up is: we don't have another Ola! ;) We have a third Midas XL 8 in our in ear monitor rehearsal room, where the artist gets a 30 minute rehearsal session, prior to their onstage rehearsal. I need to try to remember to get a portable AC unit into this room before Monday............

FOH uses 2 Midas Pro 9 consoles (main and backup)

 

in-ear

For the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, the Sennheiser Wireless Digital 9000 microphone and transmitter is specified. This system will be used for the first time here for an event this size, although Sennheiser has been doing Eurovision for many years and is one of our biggest event sponsors!

The artists are fitted for the in-ear system backstage and have time to get comfortable with the sound and fit before going on stage.

Sound Equipment List

PA:

98 Nexo Geo T 4805 Main/Outfill/Frontfill; 8 Nexo Geo T 2815; 12 Nexo CD 18 subs; 2 Nexo S2; 4 Nexo PS 10; 32 L-Acoustic dV-dosc Backfill; LAB LM 44 & LM 26 for PA management (DANTE network)

FOH:

2 Midas PRO 9 Main/Backup; 2 Mac Pro running Waves plug-in

MONITOR:

2 Midas XL 8; 16 Sennheiser 2000 IEM; 10 L-Acoustic FM 155; 4 L-Acoustic ARCS Sidefills

PLAYBACK:

2 Mac Pro running CUBASE

MICS:

Sennheiser Wireless Digital Microphone & Transmitter System 9000 Series

 

 

ola

You WILL be tested on this later!!!

 

Rock on, and remember, do not try this at home!

 

Contact Ola Melzig

  • Europe  +46 704 104 343
  • US +1 719 466 1785
  • ola {at} m-m-pr.com

Contact Joan Lyman Melzig

  • Europe  +46 708 204 767
  • US +1 719 466 1784
  • joan {at} m-m-pr.com