Berlin, Germany (August 18, 2016)—Fresh off his Rock Paper Scissors co-headlining tour with Peter Gabriel (go behind the scenes of it in our September issue), Sting recently played a string of European dates, including the 24,000-seat Waldbühne Berlin in Berlin. Sound reinforcement was provided by Berlin-based Complete Audio, which fielded a Martin Audio MLA rig.
While the system was delivered ‘flat’ as requested, enabling Sting’s FOH engineer Howard Page to handle fine-tuning and final EQing, the challenges for the PA related to the contouring of the venue, which was extremely steep and high. “We had to work with lots of throw to get to the top of the seats,” said Complete Audio MD, André Rauhut.
For the show, the main system hangs sported 13 MLA elements and one MLD Downfill per side. Outfills consisted of four MLA Compact, and front fills were composed of eight MLA Compacts, distributed alongside the stage in stacks of two. Subs consisted of 24 MLX set in left/right stacks, to get a better coverage of the sides, with a further seven packs of two MLX along the stage. Complete Audio also took advantage of the in-house delays, which were set around 260 feet from the stage.
“I have to say that I was there to see the show and the sound was amazing,” Rauhut added in summary. “This was partly because the band’s performance was top notch and partly because of the proficiency of the tech.”