United Kingdom (May 24, 2013)—Turbosound’s Flashline speaker system supported Emeli Sande’s show at the Hammersmith Apollo show at the conclusion of her seven-date UK tour. It was specified by her live sound engineer Darren Connor, and supplied by Mansfield-based Entertainment Sound Specialists (ESS) via Britannia Row Productions.
Connor deployed a configuration of 11 Flashline TFS-900H flown per side, six Flashline TFS-900B subwoofers per side on the floor, two Aspect TA-890H infills, and two TQ-308 passive two-way front fills for the show.
“This is a system that has been really well-thought out, from the flying system right down to the amplifier features,” said Connor. “I was impressed with the contained rigging system where none of the pins or rigging parts protrude. It looks clean and is totally straightforward to fly.
“As soon as I turned on the PA, the two distinct parts of the frequency spectrum that I was immediately impressed with were the high frequencies and the sub frequencies. The fidelity and definition, whilst maintaining a smooth sound in the higher spectrum, were stunning. This allowed me to create a full range, open, and ‘airy’ mix without it being harsh and offensive to the ear. It also allowed me to be a little more generous with the sibilance on Emeli’s vocal to bring her voice out of the mix a little more.
“I was also impressed with the tightness of the subs. They proved to be extremely efficient, and what seemed the best level at first was actually reduced by 5 dB by the time I had finished ringing out the system.”
Connor and the system techs, Adam Smith (Britannia Row Productions) and Martin Wharton and Paul Danson (ESS), used a combination of SMAART and Turbosound’s TurboDrive software to configure the Flashline rig.
For the earlier dates of Sande’s UK tour, Connor specified Turbosound’s Flex Array speaker system. The medium scale line array system provided the flexibility to adapt to widely differing venues and audiences, ranging from London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Brighton Dome, and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, to the Armadillo Theatre at the SECC Glasgow.