Ever After Music Festival, which took place last month, is widely regarded as one of the biggest and best bass music festivals in Canada, and for a second year running partnered with PK Sound for live sound.
PK Sound, which partnered with audio production company Soundbox Productions for the festival, supplied its Trinity-series robotic line arrays, which helped reduce noise complaints from nearby residents.
Some of the most well-known names in bass music performed at the PK-powered Excalibur Stage, including Snails, Excision, Illenium, Mastadon, and Andy C.
PK Sound was said to deliver crisp sound to a bass-heavy line-up with 20 Trinity arrays and an additional eight delays in total behind the front-of-house tent, all while keeping it focused on the crowd of nearly 30,000 people. In addition to the line arrays, 20 Gravity 218 subwoofers were added to the front as well as four Gravity 218s for the VIP area to fill out the considerable low-end required.
“I’ve played on PK systems a few times and it sincerely excited me when I found out that I was going to be using them,” explained Australian-based producer Blanke. “They’re by far the best systems I’ve ever used. The low end is full and really gets inside your body unlike anything I’ve felt from a system before, while keeping the high end from being harsh sounding. Everything feels soft and rounded, yet precise.”
“The booth monitors are amazing to perform with as they don’t lack any part of the frequency spectrum. You don’t get the same sort of ear fatigue as you would on another system, which makes me feel better about my own ear health as well as the audience’s. The rig at Ever After was fantastic and playing through a PK system during a performance just feels good. You know the crowd is hearing what they should and that’s really comforting as an artist.”
This level of control also allowed PK and Soundbox to ensure that Ever After Festival had good sound containment, ensuring continued friendly relations with Kitchener itself. Production staff from both Soundbox and Ever After worked closely with Kitchener’s director of By-Law Enforcement, Gloria MacNeil, to keep sound complaints to a minimum, adjusting as needed over the course of the festival.
“Without PK Sound’s technology, some of the things we do would be nearly impossible,” explained Soundbox Production’s project manager, Kevin Fix. “Using PK’s Kontrol software alongside Trinity, we’re able to direct the sound minute by minute if needed. It makes it so easy to adjust on the fly.”
PK Sound systems will be featured at several other bass-centric events this summer, including Shambhala Music Festival (August 9 to 12), and Lost Lands Music Festival (September 27 to 29).