Chicago, IL (March 29, 2016)—Held in Chicago, Toronto and Denver, last fall's Riot Fest served up ample helpings of Billy Idol, Iggy Pop, Motorhead, CIV, the Damned, Ice Cube, and even Merle Haggard this year. Covering sound in all those cities was Audio Visions, an audio supplier from another city—Omaha, NE.
The multi-city event proved to be an opportunity for Audio Visions break out its newly purchased Adamson E Series PA at one stage in all three locations. Although the specific stage and performers varied from location to location, the sound requirements stayed fairly consistent. Jasper Goforth, general manager for Audio Visions. originally input the stage dimensions into Blueprint AV, Adamson’s predictive simulation software, and then would add the scope of the audience area that required coverage in each city.
The left-right line arrays – made up of 12 Adamson E15 and two E12 enclosures – were hung from an APEX 5040 hydraulic stage to the left and right of the stage. A total of 16 E219 subwoofers provided low end. Six were ground stacked under each array with another four up the center. Two Adamson S10 enclosures were placed along the lip of the stage for front fill. Four E119 subwoofers were utilized for side fill subs while another two were deployed for drum subs. The system was powered by racks of Lab.gruppen PLM amplifiers.
Goforth notes that as they moved from one location to the next he noticed that the Adamson rig was getting placed on more “featured” stages. After inquiring why, he was told that the engineers on the other stages heard it and asked to use it on their stage.
Adamson Systems Engineering