For most of the dates of The Bobby Tarantino vs. Everybody Tour, the audio crew is flying up to 18 enclosures per side in the main PA hangs—six K1 over 12 K2—with eight additional K1 per side flown as outfill arrays. A dozen flown K1-SB and 20 ground-stacked SB28 subwoofers deliver ample low end for the bass-heavy hip-hop shows, with 12 Kara providing audience frontfill coverage from the stage lip. Monitor arrays are a pair of ARCS II over two SB28 subs, buttressed by a dozen wedges across the front of the stage. The full L-Acoustics complement is powered by a total of 39 LA8 Amplified Controllers.
L-Acoustics was the best choice for what Logic wanted on the road, says Thunder Audio Vice President of Sales Greg Snyder, who designed the system with input from FOH Engineer Darcy Khan and Monitor Engineer Dane Tarmann. “What makes this system stand out is that it’s a hip-hop tour, but one that demanded high quality and high intelligibility top-to-bottom,” he says. “K1 and K2 give us all of that and let the system be configured to fit the wide variety of different venues it’s playing in.”
In addition, Snyder points out that this is a 96kHz system end to end, from the DiGiCo SD7 consoles used to mix FOH and monitors to the L-Acoustics Amplified Controllers. “It’s designed to be a high-fidelity, multifaceted system,” says Snyder. “It’s got plenty of low end and power to rattle the buildings, but it also has the clarity to let the lyrics come through. And it keeps those qualities even as it gets reconfigured for each venue thanks to our Soundvision predictions.”
Thunder Audio President Tony Villarreal points to the tour’s stop at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit on June 30th as an example. “This is the old Pine Knob Amphitheater, and they had K2 as the main arrays there and K1 as the outfills. It’s the first time I can remember ever hearing the sound reach to the last row of the venue,” he reflects. “The K2 drove the sound right up the aisles, yet you could understand every word. I give credit to Darcy and Peter, our systems engineer, on thinking ‘out of the box’ and utilizing this system as intended in a multifaceted fashion. What’s great about this system is that you get all the low-frequency punch you could ever want, but you also get the intelligibility and the coverage you need. It’s a perfect fit, every night.”
Photo credits to Debi Del Grande.