Camarillo, CA (August 4, 2017)—Paving the way for his next album, Jack Johnson has been plying his trade around the country, touring in support of All The Light Above It Too, due out in September. Along for the ride is a slew of gear from his longtime audio provider Rat Sound, which has used its L-Acoustics K1/K2 system to fill venues like the 17,500-seat Hollywood Bowl and Washington’s 22,000-seat Gorge Amphitheater with sound.
“This system has been the perfect size for the tour,” says Rat Sound system tech and crew chief Bjarne Hemmingsen, who was tasked with designing the loudspeaker model in L-Acoustics’ Soundvision software each morning. “The show sits at around 94 dbA with some very soft, delicate parts, and K1/K2 is great at providing even coverage throughout each venue while still keeping a full sound at the very back.”
The tour’s standard loudspeaker array configuration consisted of a dozen K1 plus four Kara downs flown per side, flanked by far left and right hangs of up to 12 K2. Four more Kara spread out across the stage lip handled frontfill, while six ARCS II enclosures—horizontally arrayed in threes on each side of the stage—delivered outfill. Eight SB28 subs per side, groundstacked in two stacks of four, delivered the robust low end, and all systems were powered and processed by LA8 amplified controllers.
Also on-hand for the trek were Michael Pollock, Johnson’s FOH engineer for the past 17 years; monitor engineer Casey McDaniel; Rat Sound PA tech Mike Gazdziak and monitor tech Kyle Rogan.