The Vodacom CEO Awards, held at Vodaworld in Midrand, South Africa, appointed MGG Productions to supply complete technical requirements for the event, which incorporated a modern vintage theme.
MGG Productions Audio Engineer, Fanie Pieterse, was on-hand to ensure the theatrical performance was complimented with exceptional sound, deploying a DiGiCo SD10 console and a DiGiCo 32-bit ‘Stadius’ Mic Pre-Amp for the live sound aspects.
“I used to be in the sound team at school,” Pieterse recalled. “It’s quite funny, because I would wake up early on a Saturday morning to set up the sound on the sports grounds. I would then play rugby, and when everybody went off to a party, I would play with the sound system.”
Over the last 5 years, Pieterse has utilised the DiGiCo platform at the Vodacom CEO Awards, professionally and meticulously ensuring excellent audio. “DiGiCos are the most flexible consoles I’ve ever worked on. They sound great, but because they’re so adaptable, working on this platform is really easy. The SD Range is intuitive, enables you to patch the console to anyone’s patch list, no matter how random it may seem, and there are features that allow you to operate according to your own personal preferences.”
The vocals and all live aspects, such as the guitars and saxophones, were run through DiGiCo’s cutting-edge 32-bit ‘Stadius’ Mic Pre-Amp, which delivers an improvement in converter technology and, consequently, sound quality. For Pieterse, the new Stealth Core 2 upgrade has also made a difference. “Every channel now has full DSP, where before you were limited to a certain number of channels,” he says. “The results we achieved at the awards were fantastic and that’s down to using DiGiCo.”