The ADLIB Audio team, this year crew chiefed by Hassane Es Siahi, returned to weave their sonic magic in the King Tut's Wah Wah Tent at T in The Park Festival at Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland.
A rainy & windy weekend didn't stop 80,000+ people enjoying the Festival. King Tut's Wah Wah Tent had a stunning array of artists and an electric atmosphere throughout the weekend.
The eclectic line up featured amongst many; Ellie Goulding, Empire of the Sun, We Are Scientists , Diana Vickers , Mumford & Sons and concluded with a stunning set by David Guetta on the Sunday evening.
ADLIB designed and installed a JBL VerTec PA system, with 10 x flown VT4889 elements per side, complete with 9 ground stacked VT4880As subs.
New for this year, they ran the subs in cardioid mode, with 2 stacks of 2 x cabinets pointing forward and one in the middle facing back, which helped spread the general coverage and concentrated the sound output into the audience, making the whole low-end more powerful and efficient. It was the first time they had tried this configuration in the Tent, which sounded "Exceptional and very appropriate," according to Es Siahi, keeping all the ADLIB team and visiting sound engineers happy.
The stage was approximately 20 metres wide and the Tent approximately 120 metres long, so plenty of coverage was needed. The system also had to be dynamic and flexible enough to deal with a wide array of musical genres, which is another great plus with the VerTec.
They used 2 x L-Acoustics ARCs for outfills, and dV-DOSCs for infills to cover the centre sections of audience.
System processing was achieved using ADLIB's standard Dolby Lake processor set up, run via a wireless remote tablet, complete with BSS graphics, Drawmer gates, a selection of Avalon , dbx 160a and 160SL compressors.
The monitor console was a Yamaha PM5D, a standard ADLIB festival choice, and this was running 16 ADLIB low profile MP3 wedges and 2 L-Acoustics dV SUBS, used for atmospherics and movement behind the drums.
The PA was driven by a combination of Camco Vortex 6 amps (for the VerTec mid highs) and Labgruppen PLM 14000s with the inbuilt Dolby Lake processing, which powered the subs and the monitor system.
At FOH a Midas H3000 was selected because it is a mixing desk that most sound engineers know well. With an action-packed line up, tight changeover times and a plethora of visiting engineers, this was the most important parameter.
An ADLIB outboard package to incorporate each bands needs included; TC M2000 multi-effects units, Yamaha SPX 2000s, Lexicon PCM 91s and others. Some guest engineers also brought in their own outboard which was linked into the facilities.
A full mics-and-stands package was also provided.
Es Siahi was joined on the crew by an experienced ADLIB Festival Team, with Kenny Perrin and Otto Kroyman onstage along with Laura Davis and Mike Flaherty.
Es Siahi, who has worked on 3 out of 5 ADLIB T in the Park productions, commented “Everything went very smoothly from our perspective. It's one of our favourite festivals - the schedule is completely full-on, the line up exciting & varied and everyone on site is helpful and friendly. It's such a well run Festival and we are always really happy to be there”.
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