Chicago, IL (July 10, 2019)—Brown Note Productions (Thornton, CO) had 25,000 metalheads moshing and headbanging away in late May when it provided audio for the Chicago Open Air festival at SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) in Bridgeview, IL. System of A Down, Tool, Ghost and others blistered the crowd across two days via Brown Note’s d&b audiotechnik GSL and KSL line array system.
With just one main stage, Brown Note decided the GSL/KSL combination would be the best application for the venue. “Two of the headliners, Tool and System of A Down, have been d&b end users for many years, so we thought the two new systems would be a great solution for them,” states Ryan Knutson, president of Brown Note.
The festival system consisted of 20 GSL boxes per side for mains, with KSL loudspeakers for sides, eight SL-SUBs per side in the air and 32 on the ground; V-Series point source loudspeakers were tapped for outfills, and three arrays of J-Series for delays.
For the monitor system, Brown Note utilized M4 wedges, V-Series for drum fill and J-Series for sidefills. The entire system was powered by D80 and D20 amplifiers.
“The d&b systems are well-suited to our needs,” confirmed Alan “Nobby” Hopkinson, FOH engineer for Tool. “In fact, we continue to carry a large GSL arena system with us. It provides the punch, definition, and clarity required for the sonic assault that is Tool.”
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