New York, NY (February 28, 2013)—For Latin American entertainer Carlos Vives’ outdoor show ‘Fiestas del 20 de Enro,’ held January 18, 2013 at Estadio Mochila in Sinceleio, Columbia, FOH Engineer Maurice Vilar opted to use an Adamson E15 P.A. system.
“Initially we had a production company proposing another brand of P.A.,” explained Vilar, who has worked for Vives, a five-time Grammy award winner, for the past four years. “I had requested the E15s on the rider and insisted that they were used for the event.”
The show, put on by the City of Sinceleio, welcomed over 12,000 fans for a thrilling “Vallenato”-style performance by Vives and other Latin American hit makers: KVRASS, Maluma and Alfredo Gutierrez. C. Vilar Amplificacion Professional provided the complete sound, staging and lighting for the event.
In total, two-dozen Adamson E15s were flown above the stage in addition to 8 SpekTrix boxes as front fills. They used 16 stacked T21 subs to fill out the low end, with eight boxes placed left and right of the stage. Adamson M15s were used as stage monitors. The boxes were powered and controlled by Lab.gruppen amplifiers and Dolby Lake Processing. In the sound design process, Vilar used the latest version of Adamson Shooter software (2.8.5) to nail down the setup, and said the sound was “Extremely similar to the computer prediction.”
Mauricio mixed the event on an Avid Venue Profile, but he’s got a short list of consoles he likes: “I think there are actually 3 very good consoles for FOH mix; Digico, Venue and Midas. Yamaha's very good for monitors.” He also did a live recording of the show: “I am half a live sound engineer, and half studio engineer. I spend a lot of time in the studio listening, in detail, to every instrument and every song. This is how I realize what microphone techniques to use, how to improve the show,” Vilar said.
“The show is loud and the music is very dynamic,” continued Vilar. “It requires a powerful and coherent sound system in order to generate the feelings that the artist wants the audience to feel. If the band is playing a slow ballad, we set it back; if it’s a Latin hit, I will demand more energy from the system. I always try to know in advance what kind of audience we’re catering to. The E15s gave us enough headroom to get a great mix and I was glad to have such a powerful system.”
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