Alcons reinforces Nigel Kennedy concert
Friday, 9 August 2019
alcons-audio-nigel-kennedy-2The violinist was accompanied by the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
The Netherlands - Violinist Nigel Kennedy played an engaging concert as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Neumünster. The violinist was accompanied by the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, which comprised young musicians from 27 nations, who were selected from 1,500 applicants through international auditions.
Dutch loudspeaker manufacturer Alcons Audio teamed up with Kennedy's sound engineer Andreas Adelhofer of Headroom Media Service or the sound experience. Adelhofer, who has been working as sound engineer for Nigel Kennedy for more than five years, is responsible for all his concerts worldwide as FOH engineer. In this capacity, he is also the interface between artist and promoter or service provider in the production preparation. In part, his company also provides the complete production for European tour stops.
At the concert in Neumünster Adelhofer cooperated with Alcons Audio for the first time. "I've been wanting to test an Alcons pro-ribbon system live for a long time and from time to time I'd been talking to Carsten Albrecht from Alcons Audio Germany. With Nigel Kennedy, I was finally able to put this project into action", says the Tonmeister.
The PA system consisting of 36 Alcons LR18 midsize line-array (16 front, 20 out-fill), six Alcons LR7/120 as additional front-fills, four RR12 as centre cluster, two RR12 as side-fill and six BF302 in cardioid arrangement, was sourced from the Alcons Audio rental network The Ribbon Network. All systems were digitally powered by 13 Sentinel S10 controller amplifiers.
As a sports arena with an arched roof, the Holstenhalle 1 is certainly not the ideal place for a top-class classical concert and challenges sound engineers and PA technology, as Andreas Adelhofer reports: "Acoustic pre-planning played a key role in these circumstances. Both me and the artist himself are always interested in an unobtrusively natural sound that is as acoustic as possible. My maxim is, ‘You only hear the PA when it's off.’ At the same time, of course, every viewer should be acoustically close to the action and, so to speak, sit in the front row.”
Adelhofer continues: “This requires optimal mic’ing and a very well-tuned loudspeaker system, which covers the room and the spectator area evenly without any increase in frequency response and sound level distribution. This was perfectly achieved with the Alcons LR18 line-array as the main system. After measuring the system by Uwe Biesgen as a system engineer, we had only 1dB level drop in the frequency domain on the places farthest from the stage.”
The Alcons system has convinced him overall: “As I expected, the system has delivered excellent coherence. The acoustic image in the entire audience area was extremely homogeneous, especially in this acoustically very demanding environment of a transversely played hall with arched roof.”
(Jim Evans)

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