With a worldwide audience of approximately three billion spectators, Australian production company David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) pulled out all the stops to make sure the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver were both spectacular and hitch free.
Despite a small glitch with the fourth leg of the indoor cauldron, which failed to rise during the opening ceremony, the two shows were deemed a huge success when they took place at the 55,000-seat BC Place Stadium on February 12 and February 28 respectively.
Behind the scenes, it was Fairlight technology that once again played a vital role. Already being used to edit the broadcast sound provided to German audiences by ARD and ZDF, Fairlight technology was now also a central part of DAE's technical infrastructure.
DAE relied on four Fairlight Xynergi systems to deliver equally faultless audio for the two ceremonies. A total of four Xynergi systems were used – two for main playback and two for backup. As well as handling the audio requirements, the main Xynergi systems also provided the master time code for all other systems including video projection (from ETC), film projection, pyrotechnics, lighting, automation, lasers and show call. Even the conductor and performers relied on Fairlight as they all received their click and cue tracks from the Xynergis.