Hollywood, FL (February 20, 2015)—Hard Rock Live was serving up Opera last week when Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli played three sold-out concerts over the Valentines Day weekend at the Hollywood, FL venue, backed by a 68-element orchestra, 60-member choir, backup band, special guests, audio supplier PRG and a sizable flown L-Acoustics K2 loudspeaker system.
Andrea Taglia, who has served as Bocelli’s FOH engineer for nearly nine years, specified the system, which was provided by PRG; the audio vendor supplied a similar K2 system design for a series of sold-out US arena shows in December (Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit and New York).
“My role as a sound engineer, mostly for classical music, is to simply magnify what’s happening on stage,” he says. “Much like a big lens can visually reveal beautiful subtleties, a good sound system should create a sonic intimacy with the audience without modifying the frequency response or image. I’ve found that the natural transparency of L-Acoustics’ K2 system helps me do exactly that!”
For the three shows, which took place on February 12, 14 and 15, Taglia and PRG utilized a main LCR setup of three arrays each comprised of 12 K2 enclosures, flanked by far left and right arrays of 12 Kiva each. A dozen coaxial 8XT enclosures served as front-fills, with two 12XT as in-fills and two more as out-fills. A total of 14 SB28 subs arranged as an arc delay delivered the low end, while a center Kara array of 12 enclosures served as a delay for the center balcony areas. LA8 amplified controllers powered and processed all loudspeakers.
The engineer first tried K2 last summer as a delay for large outdoor shows in Bulgaria and Poland, ultimately transitioning into using the new product for mains. “We previously used K1 mains with Kara downfills and Kudos for far left and right, but having K2s for our main LCR rig and far left and right arrays in larger venues has offered us lighter weight, quicker set-up and a more uniform coverage. The entire touring crew loves them.”