Barcelona, Spain (September 18, 2014)—Barcelona’s annual Primavera Festival is one of the country’s largest, boasting over 100,000 attendees for the event. This year, longtime Primavera audio provider Twin Cam Audio specified L-Acoustics for five of the festival’s seven stages. Twin Cam’s technical director, Juan Cid, worked hand-in-hand with L-Acoustics touring application engineer Frédéric Bailly to jointly design all five stages.
Twin Cam used Primavera as an opportunity to debut its newly acquired compact and lightweight K2 audio system. The core main stage setup (Sony Stage) was flown with left/right arrays of 12 K1 and four K1-SB per side. Two hangs of six K1, two K1-SB and three KARA provided outfill, with ten Kara for frontfill, while K2 was used for left/right delays and 22 SB28s provided low-end reinforcement. A quartet of ARCS II with a pair of SB28 subs were used for stage sidefill. The entire system was powered using LA8 amplifiers.
For the ATP Stage (second stage), two hangs of 14 K2 were deployed per side, complemented by six K1-SB with Kudo for outfills and delays. Additional stages (Vice and Pitchfork) used two complete Kara systems, and the Heineken Hidden stage boasted an Arcs Wide and Focus system.
“The systems are designed, weighing every detail, to cover crowd areas like a glove,” said Rafael Campos, director and owner of Twin Cam. “Before the show, we used L-Acoustics SoundVision to predict how sound would feel in all corners of each of the five stages, allowing us to get optimal performance out of all our rigs.”
The pressure of doing audio at a festival with multiple stages was felt at the production level. “The magnitude of the transportation, the crew, and the schedules is multiplied by five here. That translates into extra stress at our end,” Campos said. “Because K2 offers almost the same sonic signature as the K1, but with less size and weight, we are able to assure that we get those stages up and running in less time.”
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