New York (July 17, 2006)–Mark Knopfler’s latest album is a collaboration with country chantruse Emmylou Harris, All The Roadrunning, and fittingly, the pair are doing a lot of roadwork as they tour behind the effort, paramboling through the U.S. and Europe in the process. For the U.K. leg, Knopfler turned to the company, and with it the loudspeaker brand, he has relied on since the beginning of his solo career–that is, Luton-based Concert Sound, and EAW.
Concert Sound’s Andy Davies confirmed that Knopfler has been an EAW aficionado since his debut as a solo artist some 10 years ago. “Back then we were using what was at the time the industry-standard touring rig; that is to say a KF850/853 system. Three years ago, after many years of long and tireless service, we replaced it with the KF760 line array, which performs fabulously well. For my money, there isn’t a better system on the market in terms of audio clarity and consistency over long distances. We only ever need to use delays in really huge, stadium-like venues. For an arena tour like this, they are simply not necessary. We’re getting detailed high end and powerful bass with smooth, uniform coverage all the way to the back of the arena with our standard PA set-up.”
What Davies refers to as the standard PA comprises two hangs on each side of the stage (a main and a sidehang), each consisting of KF760 with KF761 at the bottom of the curve for smooth nearfield coverage. Certain venues, such as London’s Wembley Arena, merit an additional rear KF750/755 hang, while up to sixteen groundstacked SB1000 subs handle the low end requirements and front fill is handled by a distributed mono system of EAW KF730 compact line array cabinets. The entire system is driven by Lab.gruppen fp6400s with XTA processing throughout.