It’s a rare occasion when a live concert features more musicians onstage than there are spectators in the audience, but such was the case for a Guinness World Record-breaking performance in Mumbai on January 24th, 2020.
To commemorate the premiere of Amazon Prime’s highly-anticipated series The Forgotten Army, Live 1000 – a group of 1,046 musicians– performed selections from the series’ score for a crowd of about 200, supported by an Adamson S-Series audio system from production technologies provider Sound.com.
“When we were first approached to take part in this very special event, it was clear that the sound system needed to be compact and discreet as to not impede the audience’s sightlines, considering the unique layout of the seating and stage,” begins Warren D’souza, the Founder and Managing Director of Sound.com. “We knew Adamson’s tour-proven S-Series would give us the power, clarity, and headroom we needed, even in a such a minimal set-up.”
Sound.com deployed four identical stacks of three Adamson S10 two-way, full-range sub-compact cabinets over a single S119 subwoofer to cover the long but shallow seating area for a total of just 12 mains and four subs. As with the rest of the company’s substantial inventory of Adamson products, the system was acquired via Sonotone, the manufacturer’s exclusive Indian distributor.
“We needed a compact system that could deliver the required coverage and SPL for this show and the S-Series delivered on all fronts,” comments Sound.com’s Mark Thomas, who mixed FOH for the prestigious event. “The 110-degree dispersion of the S10 allowed us to cover the wide artificial amphitheatre seating while delivering a truly impactful experience to the audience. The directionality of such a compact array was quite remarkable since we had minimal leakage of the PA onto the 100-plus microphones right behind.”
Six key bandleaders on stage had an Adamson M15 multi-purpose loudspeaker in front of them as a foldback wedge to complement their in-ear monitors with live imaging from the FOH mix. All of the Adamson components were powered via Lab.gruppen PLM 20K44 amplifiers.
Rounding out the audio system were five Digico consoles running on a fibre loop and a sizeable complement of wired and wireless microphones from Shure, Sennheiser, AKG, and Audix to capture the 650-plus vocalists, 250 acoustic guitarists, 80 drummers, 15 orchestral string performers, five brass players, one electric guitarist, one bassist, one keyboardist, and two sitar players.
Now available across 200 countries and territories via Amazon Prime Video, The Forgotten Army tells the story of the Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army) and its efforts to secure Indian independence from British rule.
The band performing its score as Live 1000 was comprised of musicians from all over India, as well as select guests from Kenya, Malaysia, and the U.A.E. An official adjudicator from Guinness World Records was on-hand to recognize the group as the new record-holder for “Largest Indian Cinematic Music Band.”
“This was obviously a once-in-a-lifetime event and we were thrilled to be a part of it,” comments D’souza in closing. “Adamson’s S-Series once again lived up to its reputation, and we’re very proud of how the system and our team performed in capturing the energy and power of Live 1000, which is now one for the record books!”
Photos courtesy of EB21