FK: Why did you decide in favor of DPA?
KR: Primarily due to the excellent audio quality of the DPA components and reliability! The DPA d:facto is in my opinion currently the best and most flexible condenser capsule on the market
. One big advantage is that, thanks to the available adapter, one can compile an ideal combination of capsule and transmission technology for the respective situation.
FK: How many spectators/listeners were there this year? The sound in the arena has to be good. The artist has to be able to hear himself well, but of course the broadcasting sound is the most important thing. Is it even possible to say which mix is more important or has priority?
KR: We had space in the hall for 11,000 spectators per show. There are three live shows for TV plus additional public rehearsals and approx. 200 million TV viewers. The first thing to consider, of course, is that we initially pay most attention to ensuring that the artists feel comfortable in the monitor, which is the prerequisite for a good performance on the stage, and ultimately for the overall result. This is followed by the broadcasting sound produced in 5.1, followed by the sound system; because the delegations already follow events live from the green room during the rehearsals in front of the stage, the sound system, in contrast with many other TV productions, is also given very high priority. In addition to the multi-track stems for the music playbacks, mix notes are also requested in advance from the individual delegations, in order to be able to create all mixes and effects as desired in advance.
FK: Is there an interesting backstage story that one otherwise wouldn't hear; a hero, someone who saved the show, or did everything go as planned?
KR: Ola Melzig promised a great "adventure" in advance - and, looking back, one can really see the production as such. There was no one real hero, so to speak, but the entire production team did a fantastic job over a very long production period. The fact that we have in some cases known one another and worked together for years of course makes the cooperation run smoother, as well as to make changes at short notice that need to be made across trades. Especially the cooperation of the international production team with the team around LD Jerry Appelt and all of the technical service providers went extraordinarily well.
FK: Do you personally see another peak following such an exciting production experience? Do you have a "dream artist" or a production for whom or which you would like to work?
KR: Of course, both in the special & sport events and in the concert touring areas! I like challenges and unusual tasks, both in the area of management and as an audio engineer, and I am happy to be able to work in this industry with its many facets and colleagues.
FK: Many, many thanks for your insights into this very special production.
KR: My pleasure!
We thank Kai Reiss for the interesting and exciting insights into his everyday routine in production with the "Eurovision Song Contest 2017.”
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