New York, NY (July 11, 2016)—Currently in the middle of a 105-show world tour, pop belter Adele has been making the rounds with Berlin-based sound provider Black Box Music, which has fielded an L-Acoustics K2 system for the journey.
“Designing the system was a challenge because there is a very clean look to the triangular main stage and strict requirements for sight lines and projection, so we had to fly all the K2 very high,” says system designer and technician Ulf Oeckel, who has previously worked on tours by Pink and Cher. “The K2 was the perfect choice because, despite the sight line requirements, it gives us the projection needed to deliver Adele’s voice to each and every fan in the audience.”
The production features 150 L-Acoustics K2 loudspeakers. The main stage has LR hangs of ten K2 each, with four K1-SB on top providing low end extension, plus side-hang arrays of an additional 18 K2 per side.
To cover the extremities of the 270-degree arc, additional hangs of 12 K2 per side were used. Eight stacks of three SB28 each are spread in an arc beneath the stage in a cardioid pattern. Oeckel and the team used L-Acoustics’ Soundvision to create a clever sub arrangement to provide the maximum amount of cancellation onstage. Six white X8 are deployed as lip fills.
System designer and technician, Ulf Oeckel.
The tour also features a B stage in the center of the venue, which meant the audio system had to combine the main stage standard, end-on arena setup with a 360-degree system for the B stage, covering the entire audience. The B stage system comprises 72 further K2s flown in four hangs of 18. L-Acoustics LA8 amplified controllers power the entire system.
Stage monitor duties are filled by the X15 HiQ. “I was very excited to try the new X15 HiQ,” expresses Joe Campbell, monitor engineer. “I use EQ sparingly, only applying it to individual source inputs and the X15 HiQ translates those sources beautifully, without needing additional filters. The X15 HiQ gives me an extremely stable polar response across its operating bandwidth, and nice stereo imaging. Even at a distance, the vocals are smooth, not aggressive yet still in your face, with plenty of gain before feedback. The X15 HiQ is a powerful and beautiful sounding wedge.”