The Netherlands (January 31, 2007)–For the promotion of their latest album, Feelin’ Good, jazz artists Joe Sample (piano) and Randy Crawford (vocals) have been touring through Europe, accompanied by Sample’s son, Nick, on bass and Johnny Vidacovich on drums. The band was reinforced by Alcons pro-ribbon line arrays.
From left, Tom Back (Alcons Audio MD), Paul Mitchell, Philip “Dr. Phil” de Haan (Alcons Audio R&D), Carsten Albrecht (Alcons Audio Germany) stand under the LR14 pro-ribbon line array.Paul Mitchell was both sound supervisor and tour manager. “I always loved the smooth top end of a specific brand that I’ve been working with for many years and never thought of the possibility that it could be beaten,” he said. “I started my career in pro audio in studio recording, with high-quality, near-field monitoring. Being so close to the monitors, all details in the music are audible. Hearing the LR14’s reminded me immediately of this near-field monitoring sound quality.”
The system of choice was LR14 ultra-compact, pro-ribbon line array, with nine units per side of LR14 and three units of LR14B, driven by two ALC4 controller amps on SDP processing modules. For the larger halls, six units per side of LR16 were used with two units of LR16B, with 4 pieces of LR14 as under-hang. The ultra-compact SR9s were used as front-fill.
Though Lünenburger company, Profimusik (Germany), was called in for the sound reinforcement for the German leg of the European tour, the company were asked to do the complete tour as a direct result of the sound quality and support, which featured Toby Lange on monitors and his brother, Florian, on FOH.