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Adlib provides audio package for Florence + the Machine world tour
Adlib provided a large ‘racks-and-stacks’ audio package for the recent UK leg of the current Florence + the Machine world tour. Adlib has a long history with New York based Firehouse Productions, providing stacks and racks in UK & Europe on world tours supported by them. One such tour was Radiohead in 2012 with FOH engineer Jim Warren who now works with Florence. Narci Martinez (RHCP, Josh Groban) is this tour’s production manager.
Marc Olivier Germain is the systems engineer for the world tour and in collaboration with Warren, took the opportunity of implementing some new ideas to optimise Florence’s sound. Adlib’s crew was headed up by senior systems engineer Tony Szabo KSE, with Sam Proctor as second PA Technician and James Petch as stage technician.
Szabo and the Adlib team worked closely with Germain to ensure that Warren’s requirements were met. At the stage end of the arena we find Ross Anderson supporting and coordinating all things stage audio and RF for monitor engineer Jon Ormisher.
A substantial L-Acoustics system was provided by Adlib, with the main PA hangs comprising 12 x K1 speakers per side each with 6 x K2 downs - a combination adopted after Warren and Germain had good results with this format over the summer festival season and wanted to try it in arenas. Three 8 deep arrays of K1-SB subs were flown - one either side of the main hangs, plus a centre cluster to even out the sub coverage. Their standard side hangs were 12 of the versatile L-Acoustics K2s per side.
On the ground, the SB28 subs were arranged in an end-fire format comprising a row of two high and three wide with an identical row directly behind and all set up with critical spacing. For front fills, they used a selection of Arc2 and Kara enclosures and LA8 amplifiers drove the entire system.
Germain tours his own spec Firehouse control rack, so Adlib modified their Lake Dante Fibre system to incorporate Focusrite D16R RedNet Dante interfaces at FOH to take AES from the control rack to stage using Dante where it was distributed as AES in to the LA8 amplifiers all running at 96k.
(Photos: Shirlaine Forrest)
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