China opens the festival season – and in fact more or less reopens the whole event industry after the COVID-19 shutdown with a bang. The EV EDM Festival 2020 at the Happy Valley Theme Park in Shanghai is one of the first big events celebrating electronic dance music – not only in China but in fact worldwide since more than 100 days.
SE Audiotechnik is the exclusive PA partner for the EV EDM Festival in Shanghai Theme Park Happy Valley where more than 2,000 visitors were expected every day from July 10th to Aug. 30th 2020.
Every seriously meant EDM party challenges the gear requiring a high sound pressure level, a robust low end and – especially in China – a clean and nice looking stage. But if the party lasts more than 50 days and takes action during the rain season in Shanghai, you have to find a reliable partner with a good plan and real workhorses when it comes to gear. The choice fell on SE Audiotechnik with its super-compact, yet powerful M-Line exclusively. Overall more than 126 Speakers have been utilized on the main stage.
A total of 36 M-F3A PRO full-range speakers and 32 M-F3A PRO FS flysubs were rigged – an array of 18 M-F3A PRO are supported by 2×8 M-F3A PRO FS on both sides of the stage in order to keep the sound pressure level high enough up to the last row. Besides excellent sound the requirement was to integrate the system discretely into the stage design – thus the M-F3A PRO could play at its full strength. By fitting 8 high-efficiency 2.8″ neodymium mid-frequency drivers, and 7 1″ direct radiation dome tweeters in an element with a front face no bigger than an A4 sized piece of paper, it’s safe to say that you can’t get much smaller if you expect the same impressive result. The additional plus points is the light weight of only 8.3 kg per M-F3A PRO module and just 25 kg per flysub make it possible to hang the whole array directly from the frame of the main stage structure without a lot of hassle and manpower.
There is no EDM without a substantial low frequency range coverage. A total of 24 subwoofers were used; eight of the 21” B21s below each array and another eight in front of the stage extending the frequency range of the system below 30 Hz.
Due to the extra-wide stage design, the coverage right in front of the stage has been filled with two sets of two S15 PRO subs and two M-F3A PROs stacked on top – one set to the left and one set to the right of the 8 B21 subwoofers in front of the stage.
As you can only perform as good as you can hear yourself on stage, 12 SMX 12A stage monitors were placed evenly positioned at the lip of the stage together with another set of two S15 PRO subwoofers and three M-F3A PROs stacked left and right of the DJ table.
As the FOH could not be positioned directly in front of the stage due to the needed space for the audience and had to be protected by the nasty weather conditions, two more M-F3A PROs were positioned on both sides of the mixing console in order to ensure a balanced sound as the console was positioned closer to the right array and the rain protection dampened the high frequencies a lot.
All that sums up to 126 SE Audiotechnik speakers used at the Shanghai Happy Valley EV EDM Festival – what a nice setup to celebrate that great life sign of the event industry!
“We are very pleased with the outcome!” comments Xiong Le, Sales Director for China. “From the smooth setup process to the flawless daily performance – we only get the best feedback from everyone involved. Our small M-Line speakers prove again, that they easily keep up with all the competition still following the idea “the bigger, the better”. We are looking forward to support many other major events this year with our high-performance, worry-free sound solutions!”