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Turbosound on tour with Emeli Sandé

Turbosound’s Flex Array and Flashline systems were specified by the artist’s live sound engineer, Darren Connor, for her recent seven-date UK tour.

Emeli Sandé’s live sound engineer, Darren Connor, specified Turbosound’s Flashline line array system for her Hammersmith Apollo show concluding a seven-date UK tour. The system was 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. “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,” said Connor. “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.” Connor and the system techs, Adam Smith (Britannia Row Productions), Martin Wharton and Paul Danson (ESS), used a combination of SMAART and Turbosound’s TurboDrive software to configure the Flashline rig, which “made setup and zoning of the system easy”, he said. For the earlier dates of Sandé’s UK tour, Connor specified Turbosound’s Flex Array, deploying a system mostly comprising eight TFA-600H 75° dispersion boxes — with three 100° dispersion TFA-600HW at the bottom of the hang — over six TSW-218 subs per side, two TQ-440 three-way in-fills / balcony fills per side and two TQ-308 front fills.