The identify of Jerzy Owsiak and The Nice Orchestra of Christmas Charity (GOCC, Polish Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy, WOŚP) rings a bell within the minds and hearts of hundreds of thousands. Within the 29 years of its charitable work, one among Poland’s largest nonprofits has raised over 250 million Euro for well being safety and saving kids’s lives by way of offering over 65,200 items of medical gear to public hospitals and clinics in Poland, in addition to working six medical programmes and one instructional course geared toward enhancing public healthcare within the nation. This yr’s Grand Finale Fundraiser occasion, held on 31st of January and restructured resulting from COVID restrictions, noticed DiGiCo SD5, SD11, SD12 and Quantum 5 consoles from a number of rental firms, supported by DiGiCo’s Polish distributor Polsound, deployed in key areas in Warsaw, Góra Kalwaria, Radom, Katowice, Gliwice, and Krakow for stay streaming and band displays of the native musical reveals and occasions.
Based in 1993 by Owsiak, together with Lidia Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak, Bohdan Maruszewski, and Piotr Burczyński, the Nice Orchestra of Christmas Charity was supposed to be only a one-time fundraiser to assist Youngsters’s Memorial Well being Institute in Warsaw. Nonetheless, the spectacular success of the primary effort, which enabled the inspiration to divide the cash between all cardiology items treating kids in Poland, impressed the institution of the GOCC. Yearly, the Grand Finale Fundraiser is organised domestically, by volunteer-run Assortment Centres, and is accompanied by varied occasions similar to concert events, sporting competitions, and a conventional firework show. The inspiration additionally organizes one of many greatest open-air free entry music festivals in Europe in summer time known as Pol’and’Rock Competition as a ‘thanks’ to everybody getting concerned and donating throughout winter season.
“It was a privilege to be concerned on this yr’s Grand Finale Fundraiser and help rental firms with state-of-the-art merchandise for native actions,” says Polsound’s Sound Designer, Arkadiusz Wielgosik. “While usually each metropolis and village would organise a bodily exercise to lift funds for GOCC, this yr it needed to be stay streamed on TV because of the pandemic restrictions. We labored with a number of rental firms throughout the nation who all offered their skilled crews, in addition to took care of organising the sound, the lights, and the audio – all freed from cost.”
Certainly one of Polsound’s greatest duties was providing help to rental firms by matching DiGiCo consoles with the particular wants that they had for an occasion domestically. The crew additionally offered help on wi-fi methods in addition to serving to TVN, Polish free-to-air tv station, with frequency administration, when broadcasting the live performance stay from Warsaw’s Most important Stage positioned subsequent to the Palace of Science and Tradition.
Amongst rental firms concerned which used DiGiCo consoles included Gigant Sound in Warsaw, which used SD12 for displays; Airpol Sound & Mild in Góra Kalwaria used SD11 with Waves and Optocore, with content material streamed from an SD11 and, in Radom, used a SD11i with Waves for streaming; FS Audio deployed an SD5 for streaming; and, lastly, Shadok AV Group in Gliwice is the Europe’s first firm to personal a DiGiCo Quantum 5 console, which they used for displays, in addition to an SD12 with Waves for streaming.
“Shadok AV Group, primarily based within the South of Poland, used their Quantum 5 and SD12 to function the present at their location,” explains Wielgosik. “The SD12 was used for streaming, together with a Waves SuperRack and Waves Excessive C server setup in addition to mastering plugins in audio chain, while the Quantum 5 was used for displays on stage, with the crew reporting that its Mustard and nodal processing had been an enormous profit.”
Each consoles had been linked to an SD-Rack with 32bit ADC and 32bit DAC playing cards through an Optocore loop, together with an OrangeBox with DMI-Optocore and DMI-Dante 64 working at 96K. All eight channels of Shure ADX radio mics had been linked by Dante and additional eight channels of Shure PSM1000 had been fed from SD-Rack.
“The DiGiCo consoles offered the rental companions with unrivalled flexibility,” concludes Wielgosik. “This was particularly helpful because the January occasions don’t usually comply with a strict situation, they’re extra freestyle-like, or rock’n’roll, as we are saying. As Owsiak mentions on a regular basis ‘that is what actuality is like’. The reveals are all the time very emotional, so it’s tough to stay to a step-by-step plan. And for this reason we love doing this occasion. That is the primary mission: for everybody to return collectively and collaborate as a group, doing good issues for the advantage of others.
“It was nice to work with native rental firms and for the DiGiCo consoles to permit them to ship superb concert events throughout the nation, sending a message to everybody, displaying our unity and demonstrating how enjoyable serving to is!”
Watch the video from Warsaw’s foremost stage right here.