UK rock outfit Bring Me The Horizon recently completed a nationwide arena tour with sound reinforcement provided by d&b audiotechnik, prompting FOH engineer Oliver Hutchinson to claim he would “happily never use another system ever again’.
Kicking off at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, the tour was the band’s largest to date, taking in shows at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena, London’s O2, Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, and Manchester Arena, before wrapping up at Glasgow SSE Hydro.
“I am a huge fan of d&b and would happily never use another system ever again,” said Hutchinson. “It’s the only PA that can deliver what I want from all frequency bands; the crystal clear clarity of the highs, the low punch of the mids, and the note perfect reproduction of the sub programme material. No other sub manages to reproduce all the notes of our sub bass tracks with such an even response combined with such trouser flapping power. With other systems, I find myself riding the notes to accommodate the lumpy and uneven sub response. Some of them just produce a flappy rumble resembling nothing like the audio I feed into them.”
With the band stepping up visuals for their latest tour, Jack Murphy, system tech at Wigwam/SSE (which supplied all the gear for the gigs) explained that he and Hutchinson were keen to ensure that the audio didn’t get left behind. It was also crucial that Hutchinson was able to achieve optimum sound, while avoiding large hangs of PAs that would interfere with the visuals.
Murphy came onboard early in the process at the request of production manager Rob Highcroft to make sure the PA was not in the sightlines of the 36m wide, 11m high video screen.
“To achieve the brief I spoke to d&b’s application support team,” said Murphy. “They suggested looking at placing the L/R flown subs equidistant from both main and side hangs. This made it easy to time align both the sides and the mains back to the flown subs creating one big source. This created a tight low end even around the sides and meant that everyone got the trouser wobbling sub BMTH like to give.”
The FoH setup also included eight J-INFRA subwoofers and fourteen J-SUBs hidden in an array under the stage to achieve a low end impact – the band’s preferred option.
Meanwhile, monitors engineer, Jared Daly, had sidefills of J8 and two additional J-SUBs per side and two J-SUBs under the band’s risers.