Jakarta, Indonesia (October 14, 2011)—Linkin Park, mixed by Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, was among the first acts to use Adamson’s new Energia line array in Asia.
A pair of shows over two evenings was the Asian maiden voyage for the new Adamson E15 system. Big Daddy productions based in Jakarta, Indonesia together with Team 108, Adamson’s Distributor for Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia), came together to provide a large scale E15 system for the 2 back-to-back events.
Team 108’s technical staff were on the ground, along with Adamson’s Director of Marketing and Sales Jesse Adamson, and Technical Sales Support Ewan McDonald, who flew in to direct and ensure training of staff, in an effort to create the best possible sounding setup.
McDonald, who designed the system for the venue, arrived at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan, Jakarta, to oversee safe setup of the PA tower. Adamson and Team 108 aided local system integrator Big Tone with the rigging and installation of the PA. A total of 60 E15s, 38 T21s and 16 Metrix were deployed to cover the stadium show.
The final configuration included 18 E15s flanked by eight flown T21 subs per side, with a dozen E15s on each side hang. Additional ground support for the flown arrays was made up of two stacks of end-fire cardioid T21 sub arrays, each consisting of a half-dozen T21subs in front of the stage, and two horizontal arrays of five T21 subs covering the extreme left/right seating. A horizontal array was used to minimize lobing effects on the centre seating area and only focus sub energy on the outside seats. Four stacks of 4 Metrix 5 degree cabinets were used as front fills.
The first run with the system setup was done on September 20th. The Big Wave Festival played, featuring Panic! At The Disco, Yellowcard and headliners Bad Religion. Ron Kimball, Bad Religion FOH Engineer, remarked, “From myself and on behalf of the band, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Adamson team for making what could have been a tough show, an easy day and a great show. The combination of E15 and T21 delivered incredible output without any sign of breaking up. Everyone from the promoter, bands, band engineers and the fans enjoyed the show, and that is always the measure of a great show.”
The next day a reported 20,000 fans came out for Linkin Park, the rafters were also full with Big Daddy and affiliated personnel eager to hear the E15 system in action. Michael Rusli of Big Daddy Productions remarked, “Unbelievable sound experience—even at very high SPL, it’s just like an ear-soothing audiophile HiFi system in terms of clarity and sound separation, with superb low frequencies flapping my pants. Now I understand why Linkin Park listed Adamson Systems at the top of their rider.”
Ken “Pooch” Van Druten added, “In keeping with tradition of making the best sounding speaker boxes in the world, Adamson have outdone themselves. The E15 combined with the T21 is a force to be reckoned with.”
Adamson Systems Engineering