X Games Tignes, 2013

The event was held at the skiing and snowboarding haven of Tignes in the French Alps and, therefore, required specialists at big event productions who are accustomed to working in extreme conditions.

Gilles Bouvard compared the challenge of working high in the Alps, with the opposite climatic extreme — since GB4D recently deployed a vast Optocore and BroaMan network over a huge distance for Kuwait’s 50th Constitution Day celebration.

“In fact there is little difference,” he said. “On the one hand we have the high temperatures and sand storms, on the other the very low temperatures and snow. We find ourselves in two similar extreme situations and we have to find reliable solutions.

The event was co-produced by Canal+ Events on behalf of ESPN, and GB4D provided audio equipment for the competition zones. This included the control tower audio boards and FOH equipment, the fibre network, the PA, cabling and some of the freelance technicians. They also provided video distribution.

The audio transmission was based around two Optocore loops. The master control room was equipped with two DD2FR-FX (offering MADI ports), two DD32R-FX (AES-EBU) and an X6R-FX — and the entire Optocore system was controlled from a single desktop PC.

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