Tampa, FL (January 3, 2014)—ESI Audio became the first North American sound reinforcement company to deploy the new K2 system from L-Acoustics, using the rig on December 26, 2013 at The Gift, a one-day EDM festival staged outside Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
To properly cover more than 12,000 enthusiastic dance music fans packed onto the parking grounds of the Buccaneers’ home turf, the ESI crew deployed a system featuring left and right arrays each comprised of 18 K2 enclosures. For the low end that EDM requires, three dozen SB28 subs were groundstacked across the front of the stage in blocks of 12, running four wide by three high.
Two Kara enclosures perched on the center sub cluster provided front-fill, while two Arcs II cabinets per side delivered out-fill. All loudspeakers were powered/processed by a total of eight LA-Raks, each equipped with three LA8 amplified controllers running LA Network Manager.
“The sound quality for ‘The Gift’ was astonishing and the coverage was incredible at 400 feet linear through the plane,” commented ESI Audio president Erick “Otto” Celeiro. “K2 is also the easiest system I’ve ever flown. V-Dosc has been my favorite box for many years, and K2 brings that familiar tone along with improvements in rigging, weight and flexibility. After the festival, compliments came in from all directions, including the promoter, video and lighting company, audience members and deadmau5’s production manager.”