David Byrne’s vision of a concert tour performed on empty stages filled only with 100% mobile musicians, draped within 125 feet of chain mail and enough musical energy to charge tens of thousands of fans night after night is made possible by Axient Digital wireless technology and Shure in-ear wireless systems. What could go wrong from an audio and RF perspective? Only everything. What has gone wrong? To date, nothing.
“Axient Digital is amazing. This tour wouldn’t exist without it. I don’t think it would be possible. It sounds as good as any wired system I’ve ever heard.”
Inspired by the timeless songs and themes of the 1995 Alanis Morissette Grammy Award-winning album of the same name, Jagged Little Pill premiered at the renown American Repertory Theater in the summer of 2018 to sold-out audiences. With Axient Digital, Jonathan Deans and A.R.T. sound professionals created a problem-free, clean, and clear wireless solution that delivered both chest-pumping rock audio and appropriately-intimate dramatic sound.
“For this show, intelligibility is really key. Axient Digital is so clear, it is so precise … it feels like the microphones are wired.”
Imagine managing 80 channels of wireless audio that must work perfectly across three stages in arenas throughout North America and Europe for an entire year – with well over 100 shows and countless planes, trains, automobiles and miles in between. Such is the daunting task and undertaking of the audio demands experienced on the Justin Timberlake Man of the Woods Tour.
“It doesn’t ever give up. It just feels like there’s a wider highway of information coming, audio wise, to the desk. It’s just wide open.”
From problem-free operation and remote RF monitoring to easy-to-hide bodypacks that disappear in bulky Shrek suits, Axient Digital redefines digital audio wireless for the professional touring theatre market in the UK.
“I think there’s a lot that I’m starting to take for granted … stuff like RF drop-outs seem to be a thing of the past.”