Adamson reinforces Sonisphere Amneville

Thursday, 2 August 2012

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France - Faith No More, Marilyn Manson, Wolfmother, Machine Head and variety of other rock and metal acts hit the stage in France on 7-8 July 7th with Adamson's Energia e15 system. All audio equipment was provided by Energia Beta partners MPM and Waveform Audio.

Chief Audio designer, Waveform's, Julien Poirot comments, "The E15 is just a perfect PA. There is amazing headroom and precision in the low frequency with a very powerful and clean mid/high section. This is just the Adamson touch." Julien's design was executed with Adamson's new software suite, Blueprint AV.

Machine Head FOH Engineer Craig Porter commented, "I'm really interested in the E15 now, I love the Y18's with the T-21's (Subs), but the E15 with the T21's is the best Adamson rig I've heard." Porter had some time to evaluate and test the E15's - "I got to feel it out and make some changes to see how it reacted, just basic stuff I normally do and specific things I do to specific PA's. I was very happy with the fidelity of the E15."

The main Apollo stage was setup inside an arena, with the B stage setup outside surrounded by amenities and camping.

The Apollo stage was covered by 12 E15's per side with two Metrix 15-degree enclosures as down-fill and 20 Y10 enclosures for each out-fill array. The stage measured 20 m wide by 19m deep and utilised a stereo centre-fill, with two arrays of six 5 degree SpekTrix enclosures. On the ground nine T-21 Subs were stacked per side in columns of three, with an additional two T21's placed in the centre.

Between the centre subs and side subs, four risers were erected with a single SpekTrix Sub and two SpekTrix 5 degree enclosures stacked for fill. Additional Metrix cabinets were also placed on the main T21 columns for fill. On the stage twoM15's with two stacked Metrix subs were used for line check, another 24 M15's were used for stage monitoring, as well as two double 18" SpekTrix subwoofers for drum-fill. Side-fills on stage consisted of four flown Y10's with two ground stacked T21subs per side.

The B stage featured eight E15's per side and six T21 Subs per side with four SX18 front-fills, and two Metrix W for lip-fills. The PA was set-up for an audience of 6000, but on the second day of the festival, the organizer decided to move as many acts inside as possible, as incredibly heavy winds battered the stage. Unfortunately some bands did not play, but given recent tragedies around the world, it was the responsible action to take.

(Jim Evans)


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