The Live is so much better with Music Eason Chan Charity Concert is the first event to have been held by the HK LPPIA – Hong Kong Live Performance & Production Industry Association – and was streamed worldwide on YouTube, Facebook Live and Tencent QQ platforms with an estimated 10m live views.

Live is so much better with Music Eason Chan Charity Concert wasThe event comprised two separate shows. The first was a sunrise show broadcast from Victoria Dockside against the backdrop of the Hong Kong skyline, which was recorded in one take on the previous day to prevent the gathering of large crowds. The second show, at sunset, was a rebroadcast of the sunrise show, followed by a fully live performance from inside the Hong Kong Coliseum.

Three SSL Live consoles (supplied by Miso Tech of Hong Kong) were used across both shows – an L550 for live broadcast, L500 for band mix, and L350 for the artist’s personal IEM mix. Stability was always the main priority when it came to console choice, as sound engineer Frankie Hung, who has used SSL on almost all of his shows since 2014, explains: ‘Because I’m a studio and a live guy, the L550 is the perfect fit for me. I use a lot of stem processing which is from studio style mixing, so I do all the routing for stem processing and FX offline. During soundcheck, I program snapshots for each song and I really like the flexible way in which I can recall safe individual parameters after I get a better understanding of the show.’

Setting up the three-console ecosystem for each show proved to be a simple task. Typically, Hung used two complete sets of stageboxes – one for FOH and another to serve band monitoring and IEM monitoring. The two monitor consoles shared inputs from SSL stageboxes via a Blacklight II Concentrator with redundant connections.

Live is so much better with Music Eason Chan Charity ConcertSSL’s Tempest processing platform gave him the flexibility to easily allocate resources for each show, while the console’s Super-Q, automation and Quick Control features also proved invaluable during the live mix: ‘The touchscreen interface is fast and smooth,’ he says. ‘I really love the smaller screen – a selection of buttons and encoders clearly turned this area into a dedicated channel-strip section, and having access to an at-a-glance view of the whole console’s signal flow was super helpful.’

Despite neither venue throwing up any major problems for the system, one significant challenge for Hung was the need to provide a sound feed for various live broadcast platforms, including the local TV station, local radio station, YouTube, Facebook Live and Tencent.

‘I fed them separately through different matrix outputs so that I could compensate for the signal depreciation in each broadcast platform,’ he says. ‘By using the virtual soundcheck function, I ran the mix with a round-trip audition and did different EQ and dynamic processing, just like how I do mastering in the studio.’

The charity concert, which has now been removed from all platforms except the HK LPPIA Youtube channel, is on track to reach its fundraising goals with the donation period currently still open. Donations made for the Live is so much better with Music Eason Chan Charity Concert will be contributed to the HKLP Anti-Epidemic Fund administered by Yan Chai Hospital and used to help members who have been affected by the pandemic.

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