Electro‑Voice supports the TV hit South Africa’s Got Talent

November 27, 2012
  • This year South Africa’s Got Talent relied entirely on sound gear from Electro-Voice
  • Millions watched the final on TV
  • Electro-Voice partner Prosound (Pty) Ltd provided both the equipment and support
Casting shows are currently enjoying enormous popularity around the world, and Africa is no exception – as demonstrated by the extraordinary success of South Africa’s Got Talent, which regularly attracts over a million viewers nationwide. Some 5,500 performers took part in the auditions in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg for this year’s series, from which the eventual winner emerged in mid-October in the unlikely shape of eleven-year-old vocalist Botlhale Boikanyo.
“The South Africa’s Got Talent team were absolutely delighted with the Electro‑Voice equipment we provided”

The company responsible for the design, installation and implementation of the sound reinforcement for this year’s series was Electro-Voice partner Prosound (Pty) Ltd. To ensure that the system not only performed reliability but also delivered flawless sound quality, Prosound opted for Electro-Voice components throughout the signal chain, from the microphones capturing the vocals and instruments to the loudspeakers delivering amplified sound to the audience and performers on stage.

During the auditions in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, Prosound’s brief was to provide foldback, and in each city ten Electro-Voice PX1152M (15") and two PX1122M (12’’) stage monitors (from the Phoenix series) were selected for the task. Large studio audiences attended the semi-finals and finals, which were broadcast live on South African television from Johannesburg’s Alex Theatre, so additional sound reinforcement was required, and ProSound opted for a line array for this notoriously tricky venue. Six Electro-Voice EVA elements flanked by two Phoenix PX2181 dual sub cabinets were added to the setup to address the audience, while four PX1122M monitors continued their sterling service to the performers on stage. Throughout the series, from the auditions to the semi-finals and final, a DC-One digital processor took charge of the signals leaving the mixing console, while three CP3000S amplifiers and a CP4000S provided the requisite power.

The modularity of this system design allowed Prosound to align precisely with the production demands of each stage of the competition. While the PX boxes needed no assistance during the auditions, the addition of the compact yet powerful EVA line-array system (from the EV-Innovation family) proved indispensible in the final rounds.

The microphones used throughout the series offered a representative sample of the Electro-Voice range, and included both wireless and wired models. For the vocals, the RE-2 wireless system was used in combination with N/D767a hand-held microphones. EV microphones also set the tone when it came to capturing the backing band’s instruments, with both dynamic (N/D468 and N/D478) and condenser (PL37) models deployed, whilst an N/D868 discreetly took charge of the kick drum.

“The South Africa’s Got Talent team were absolutely delighted with the Electro-Voice equipment we provided,” reports Martin Thomas, Manager MI Sales & Marketing at Prosound. “It performed not only to an extremely high level but also reliably throughout the entire series. Above and beyond the practical advantages of a ‘one-source’ solution, Electro-Voice equipment also represents excellent value for money. In fact, the equipment worked so well throughout the entire series that EV’s already strong brand image in the region was further enhanced.” About South Africa’s Got Talent Using a format that has proved successful in places as far afield as North America, the United Kingdom, China, India and Australia, South Africa’s Got Talent made its debut on that continent in 2009. Showcasing singers, instrumentalists, dancers, comedians and variety acts of all kinds competing not only for a title but also a first prize of 250 000 rand (just under 30,000 euros), the 2012 series ran from August 30th to October 18th.   Equipment list (extract) Loudspeakers/Amplifiers/Processors

10 x Electro-Voice Phoenix PX1152M 1x15" stage monitors (qualifying round)

6 x Electro-Voice EVA line array elements (final)

4 x Electro-Voice Phoenix PX1122M 1x12’’ stage monitors (final)

3 x Electro-Voice CP3000S amplifiers

2 x Electro-Voice Phoenix PX1122M 1x12’’ stage monitors (qualifying round)

2 x Electro-Voice Phoenix PX2181 Dual Sub loudspeakers

1 x Electro-Voice DC-One digital processor

1 x Electro-Voice CP4000S amplifier


9 x Electro-Voice RE-2 wireless microphone systems

6 x Electro-Voice N/D767a

3 x Electro-Voice N/D468

3 x Electro-Voice N/D478  

3 x Electro-Voice PL37

1 x Electro-Voice N/D868

snapshot, gm, November 2012

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