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SSE Audio provides audio for Rammstein stadium tour

The sold-out European Stadium Tour supported the release of the band’s seventh album

Photos by Jens Koch.

The multiplatinum-selling German metal band Rammstein embarked on their first all-stadium tour this year with audio supplied by SSE Audio.

Solotech provided video for the show.

The sold-out European Stadium Tour supported the release of the band’s seventh album, which is the first Rammstein studio album in a decade.

Solotech’s Holger Schader, senior consultant, concert touring and special events for the live productions division oversaw the account for SSE Audio and Solotech.

The tour’s audio spec was put together by Rammstein´s longtime FOH engineer Olsen Involtini and systems engineer Andreas Vater and called for L-Acoustics speakers and Avid VENUE control. SSE Audio being a well-stocked L-Acoustics house was well-positioned to handle the large package. Assisting Vater was SSE audio crew chief Nick Pain, and audio technician Nils Knecht, who oversaw the L-Acoustics’ Soundvision system and system alignment.

Solotech and SSE Audio addressed the logistical challenges of putting together the stadium-sized audio system by thoroughly testing it prior to sending it to the tour. The tour had a warehouse in Berlin that allowed for testing everything together before rehearsals.

The control system for FOH consisted of two Avid VENUE S6L systems including two S6L-32D control surfaces; two Avid VENUE E6L-192 Engine for S6L; two Waves SoundGrid Server Extreme; and two Avid VENUE Stage 64 stage boxes. For the monitor system, SSE provided two S6L systems with matching components, which was similar to the FOH setup.

To accommodate the different sized stadiums, the audio rig could be expanded. In the bigger cities Production used up to four delay towers, and up to eight positions for roof delays with 12 L-Acoustics’ K2s to get rid of unwanted reflections.

The audio package’s full L-Acoustics speaker system was comprised of 140 L-Acoustics K1 large format WST (Wavefront Sculpture Technology) line source elements; 128 L-Acoustics K2 full range WST line source elements; 40 L-Acoustics K1-SB flyable subwoofers; 68 L-Acoustics KS28 subwoofers; 16 L-Acoustics ARCS II constant curvature WST line source elements; and 16 L-Acoustics KARA WST system modular line source elements.

The line array rig included some rigging challenges which SSE helped solve at the request of the production to improve the load-ins and -outs. Production wanted SSE to keep the hoists for the main hangs on the floor. Technical consultant Jeremy Lloyd of Wonder Works and WIcreations came up with a cage solution holding four hoists on the floor. Each hoist was capable of lifting 2.5 tonnes.

The rigging solution streamlined the audio load-in to four to six hours, depending on the production schedule and most of the load-outs took just two hours. SSE sent out with the tour a crew of 10 technicians, led by Pain.

“Quite frankly, Rammstein was an amazing show and one of the best sounding stadium tours out this summer,” concluded Schader.