MAC Sound has just celebrated 21 years providing complete sound design, engineering, equipment and personnel services for Cheltenham Literature Festival, one of the largest in Europe.
We were originally contracted because of our specialised knowledge of discreet low level enhancement sound systems and the reputation of MAC engineers for communicating well with performers. Over a ten day period nearly 400 lectures and discussion panels are staged in eight venues seating from 50 to 1800 people including temporary marquees and the Town Hall with it’s extremely difficult acoustics.
All lectures are recorded for archive purposes and simultaneous feeds are provided for broadcast companies from as far away as Australia. Primary equipment includes 76 Sennheiser SK2000 radio microphones, slim line A.K.G. SE300 microphones with extension tubes and accessories, Midas and Soundcraft analogue plus DiGiCo and Soundcraft digital mixing consoles and speaker systems by Martin Audio both conventional and line array. The emphasis is on precision and high intelligibility as a large percentage of audience members are elderly so special attention is given to assisted hearing facilities.
Because of this experience we were asked to provide sound services for the first Cheltenham Festival of Science twelve years ago and the contract has been renewed every year since then.
Sound Design: Clement Rawling
Production Engineers: Andrew Simpson, Paul Delaney, Holly Harbottle, Mike Palmer, Steve Brierley, Terry Saunders, Leah Brooker, Eoin O’Grady, Ashley Burrage, Alex Broad, Richard Price