Heywood, UK (April 12, 2004)–Wigwam Acoustics, located close to Manchester in the north of England, has taken delivery of a pair of Lake Contour digital loudspeaker processors for use initially on major tours by Radiohead and Westlife. Wigwam, sister company of Eighth Day Sound (Highland Heights, OH), is a top UK professional audio equipment and systems rental and sales company.
“They work really well and we’re really happy with the product,” said Chris Hill, hire director, Wigwam Acoustics of the Lake Contour units. The two units were purchased primarily for their equalization and filtering capabilities, Hill revealed. “We only have one system that needs speaker management, which is the L-Acoustic V-Dosc system, so we’re using them as equalizers, with the remote tablet.”
Utilizing Lake Contour’s wireless tablet, operators can see and change the shape of their sound in real-time, performing A/B comparisons of EQ, adjusting levels, or changing settings. Using Lake Contour’s EQ Overlay interface, equalization functions may be managed within each processing module, with each overlay comprising an Ideal Graphic EQ Overlay or a Parametric Overlay, and each processor module supporting multiple EQ Overlays. Each Overlay provides a different set of tools for rapid deployment of the virtually unlimited number of EQ filters.
“One Lake Contour unit is going out on the Radiohead tour, which goes out around Australia and Japan,” continued Hill. That unit will be upgraded to incorporate Lake’s stereo AES/EBU digital input and output in time for the tour, which takes in Osaka and Chiba, Japan as well as Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, and will feature a digital FOH console. The second Lake Contour unit, which will also shortly be upgraded to the digital version, is going out with Westlife, a UK boy band that, although relatively unknown in the U.S., has had 15 Top 3 singles in Europe. Westlife are scheduled for 12 weeks of completely sold out arena shows in the UK and Europe from late March to mid-June.