Highland Heights, OH (January 18, 2019)—It’s only fitting that a high-profile hip-hop tour with two of the biggest acts in the game, Drake and Migos, would center around a boxing ring-style stage, bringing a literal meaning to a tour presented “in the round.”
Providing audio for an in-the-round show is never an easy gig, but audio provider Eighth Day Sound (Highland Heights, OH) rose to the challenge, fielding a 360-degree audio system for the co-headlined fall tour. Hung over the stage, which was covered entirely in LED video panels that displayed endless custom content, were more than 250 cabinets from Adamson Systems Engineering’s flagship E-Series and S-Series.
Drake’s FOH engineer, Demetrius Moore, ably guided the system: “The high-end is very natural, crisp, and clean, and you really can’t ask for a better low end. It sounds big, it sounds powerful, but it doesn’t hurt, and that’s always the goal—a big, clean sound that’s not just there to blow people away with everything in the red.”
The final configuration featured four main hangs of 18 E15 three-way, true line source enclosures firing behind the goal ends of the arena floor; four side hangs of 12 S10 two-way, full range cabinets below four S10ns; and four 270-degree hangs featuring 15 E15s atop four S10s. Only 10 Adamson IS7p point-source front fills were required for any given date.
Unusually, all the E119 subs were flown in eight hangs of nine cabinets. “We’re on a tour—a hip-hop tour—with no subs on the ground. That’s pretty much unheard of,” said Moore. “Whether you’re standing front-row or up at the back, you’re getting nice, clean, but still high-impact bass.
“The crowd is really into it every night, and they’re getting loud,” he added. “We know who and what they’re there to see, and we’re just making sure that the show sounds as good as it possibly can to deliver that experience.”
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