Finland (December 11, 2006)–Before the 12th Century, the Fins used fur for money. These days, they use the Euro, but for two nights recently at Helsinki’s largest venue, the Hartwall Arena, the currency was strictly U.S. rapper 50 Cent. Local SR provider Akun Tehdas had its new d&b audiotechnik J-series PA on hand to help bring a little of Queens Boulevard to Finland.
50 Cent played the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland, with the help of a d&b J-series PA.”This was a concert of very high sound levels,” Timo Liski of Akun Tehdas said, “especially in the low end. We rigged just eight J-SUBs a side to provide the kind of powerful low end this type of act needs. I must confess at first I thought we should put in some d&b B2 subwoofers as well, but when you stack the J-SUBs four high, it takes them down to 30 Hz so there was really no need. There was definitely enough energy, -3dB to the main rig and the engineer Bill Barnett said he had lots of headroom.”
Barnett remarked, “Yeah, with 50 Cent, there’s a lot of 808 bass sound in there; normally I find I have to pull 50 Hz or thereabouts, and I don’t recall having to do that in Helsinki. In fact, low end was really good, it was rattling anything that was loose; I saw empty coke cans jumping around. Akun Tehdas were no different from any other professional audio rental company; they did a great job. From that point of view, my requirements aren’t great, we carry our own microphones, but that d&b rig they provided was awesome right across the board.”
The Hartwall is relatively small by arena standards. “We rigged ten J8s and two J12s a side,” said Liski. “The out-fill was nine Q1s at a 45-degree angle to stage, then four Q7s as a nearfill along the front stage. The Arena is quite tight vertically; it is just 21 meters to the back of the hall, but it is very steep. The predictive software for line array configuration proved perfect and the coverage was remarkably uniform. Bill provides a very solid mix with vocals firmly placed; energy is high, I measured a steady 103/104 dBA with +4 to +5 dB on the peaks.”
“This system was especially good for getting the vocals in the mix,” concluded Barnett. “I do like pretty much all line arrays, with one or two exceptions. They’re all good at getting the vocals, but this d&b system would have to be one of my favorites.”