Calgary, Canada (May 19, 2016)—Solotech was a big part of Canada’s Juno Awards this year; broadcast live from Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome, the annual show recognizing the best of Canada’s music scene featured artists like Alessia Cara, Bryan Adams, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dean Brody, Jann Arden, Shawn Mendes, The Tenors and The Weeknd. Ensuring that the audience heard every note, Solotech fielded an L-Acoustics K1/K2 PA as part of its audio system for the event.
“The K2 provides lots of power for its weight, so it was the perfect choice for this show, and perhaps the only real choice,” said Solotech project manager Patrice Lavoie. “Because of its light weight, we were able to design a system optimized for the venue and show’s particular setup without having to focus on structural limitations.”
The main PA consisted of four K1 enclosures over 14 K2 per side, with low frequencies extended by eight K1-SB subs flown to the outside of each K1/K2 hang plus six total SB28 ground-stacked below. Out-fills were comprised of 16 K2 per side, while two more arrays of six K2 were flown out in the house for delay.
To cover the V-shaped audience space in front of the stage, where crowds stood to keep the energy up for the cameras, four Arcs Focus enclosures made up a center cluster: two firing downward toward the base of the V with a single cabinet addressing each side section. On stage, monitor duties were fulfilled by 10 12XT coaxial speakers powered by three LA4X amplified controllers. Aside from the stage wedges, the system was powered using 56 LA8 amplified controllers.
Mark Vreeken, FOH engineer the Juno Awards event, noted, “I was very impressed with what we got out of the system. I thought there might have been a compromise going with K2 instead of K1, but I wasn't missing anything tonally. We had to use a smaller quantity of subs because of weight restrictions, but the rig still sounded huge when it had to. It was easy to get each mix together quickly and I thought every band translated really well.”