Enrique Iglesias tours with SSE and JBL
Thursday, 20 December 2018
o2-arena-pa-upThe tour featured five arena shows in the UK and Ireland
UK - SSE Audio Group’s JBL VTX system was specified by Enrique Iglesias’ FOH engineer Brad Divens for the Spanish singer’s UK autumn arena tour.
Divens, already a seasoned JBL VTX user, fielded JBL’s flagship line array system for five arena shows in the UK and Ireland. All the shows were a complete success, due to careful preparation by SSE Audio Group, led by hire project manager Dan Bennett and system engineer Nick Lythgoe, with support from Stuart Strachan, application engineer at Harman UK distributor Sound Technology and Ed Jackson, senior application engineer at Harman EMEA.
The tour is a Sound Image account in the USA, and thanks to the collaboration between Sound Image and SSE through the formation of United Audio Companies in 2015, both companies are able to service their clients on both sides of the Atlantic with each other’s support.
The system for the tour comprised main left/right hangs of 16 VTX-V25-II-CS. Alongside these were nine VTX-S28 subwoofers flown on each flank, while the side-hangs comprised 14 VTX-V25-II-CS for the larger O2 and Manchester Arenas (reduced to eight box side-hangs in the smaller Genting, Hydro and 3 Arenas).
JBL’s VerTec VT4886 sub-compact line array cabinets were used as front-fills with three, two-high stacks per side on a riser, just off the lip of the stage.
24 boxes of JBL’s new flagship line array, VTX A12, completed the system in the two largest venues of the tour, Manchester Arena and London’s O2. Three arrays of eight boxes each served as delay hangs.
The bottom end reinforcement was completed by 18 VTX G28s, ground stacked as nine stacks of two in a delayed horizontal arc across the front of the stage.
The system was powered by Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers using the on-board BSS Omnidrive HD processing and controlled by JBL’s Performance Manager control and monitoring software. The A12 delays were powered by three Crown VRack 4x3500HD.
Reviewing the PA, Divens comments: “VTX gives me clarity, punch, a sweet stereo image and a very smooth top end.” He adds: “We had a show in Antalya, Turkey in 2016 and the system was a huge VTX rig. I started running music through it and was instantly blown away by the detail and clarity. Mixing the show on it later that night I knew that this would be the PA for me to take out on tour.”
(Jim Evans)

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