Goldfrapp played the Sydney Opera House via an Adamson Systems PA.Sydney, Australia (October 29, 2008)--Electronic music paragons Goldfrapp played the Sydney Opera House in early October, attracting 2,500 people. The dance duo performed as a six-piece band dressed entirely in white, backed by a 14-piece string section. Local audio provider Norwest productions provided the PA system, which was based around Adamson Y10s.
The sound design was executed by system tech Justin Arthur, using Adamson's latest version of Adamson Shooter software (2.7.0) to create a flown stereo mains system comprised of arrays that sported 12 Y10s and a single SpekTrix with a 15-degree SpekTrix W (Wide Angle Vertical Enclosure) as an under-hang to highlight the first few rows of the audience.
A total of six Y10 and five Y10 enclosures hung per side for side fills, covering the multiple balconies off to the sides of the stage, while an additional half-dozen SpekTrix enclosures were placed on stage as front fills, with a quartet of T21 Subs per side. A total of 48 Lab.gruppen FP6400 amplifiers powered the system, and processing was handled by five Dolby Lake 4-12's.
At FOH, a Digidesign Profile console was manned by both Ben Findlay and Jstin Arthur, who stood in for the opening act, Australian songstress Bertie Blackman. Findlay commented that it was the best sounding show on the tour thus far. For Arthur, the venue was perfect, and noted, "If one had to find a 'problem' (with the Opera House), the only thing that comes to mind is that the room is so live, but that cleans up as soon as the room is filled with punters."
At monitors, there was a Yamaha PM1D desk, 14 Sennheiser G2 systems and a single EAW KF850 with a SB850 per side, processed with EAW UX8800s and powered by three Lab.gruppen FP+10000Q amps.
"The PA sounded amazing," said Arthur. "The PA was so clear and it was like having a pair of reference monitors 5 meters away rather than a PA at 60 meters."
Adamson Systems Engineering