Chile (May 4, 2017)—The Lollapalooza festival in Chile has become one of that country’s premiere musical events, and this year’s edition was no different. With a main stage line up that included Metallica, Cage The Elephant, Rancid, We Are The Grand, Jimmy Eat World and Two Door Cinema Club, in addition to a number of other stages, the annual festival was a hit. Ensuring that all 140,000 people in the crowd could hear every note from the main stage was Viña del Mar-based Audio-pro, which fielded a brand-new L-Acoustics touring system for the show.
Ordered in December, Audio-pro’s L-Acoustics touring system, the first of its kind in Chile, comprises 48 K1, 24 K1-SB subs, 36 K2, 24 KS28 subs, along with 18 LA-RACK IIs, each with three LA12 X amplifiers, and four Arcs WiFo.
Audio-pro had already supplied the sound system for the third-biggest stage at Lollapalooza, but with the arrival of the L-Acoustics K1 system, was invited to additionally take on the main stage. “We had been involved with Lollapalooza Chile Festival for the last four years,” said the company’s owner Jorge Diez. “When Lotus, the festival’s technical producers, learned of the arrival of our K1 system, they said, ‘We want it for the Festival.’”
The main stage system needed to cover a very large area., so Alex Soto, L-Acoustics application engineer for Latin America and the Caribbean, used Soundvision to determine the best arrangement to provide coverage for the entire arena.
“This was a major challenge as we needed to cover up to 220 meters in depth and 170 meters width,” said Soto. “To achieve this, we had a set up that comprised 28 K1 with six K2 as downfill, plus 12 K1-SB in throw configuration. Side hangs were a further 20 K1 plus four K2 as downfill, with ten K1SB, again in throw configuration. We also had three delay towers, each with hangs of eight K2. We used two K2 and four distributed ARCS WiFo as front fill, with 24 KS28 and 16 SB28 ground stacked subs in an electronic arc configuration.”
“This was the first project with our new L-Acoustics system and the bands’ engineers were very happy with both our service and our new equipment,” said Diez.