Adamson’s Project Energia has made its inaugural trip to Latin America with Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney as part of his ‘On the Run’ tour, with the company’s new Beta partner C. Vilar Amplificacion Professional taking delivery of the E15 system.
Ewan McDonald and Leo Vilar of C.Vilar designed the audio system with left and right main hangs, each made up of 15 E15s above two SpekTrix five-degrees enclosures, and two SpekTrix W 15-degree enclosures. The design for side hangs featured 12 x Y18s with an underhang of four Y10s on each side, while 16 T21 Subs on the ground took care of the low end. Four Y10s per side were stacked on top of the T21 Subs for front fill, and four SpekTrix were spaced evenly across the stage as lip fill. Meanwhile, six delay stacks were distributed around the edge of the stadium to cover seating areas, four risers held four stacked E15s in each – two facing left and two facing right – while two delay stacks of eight Y10s each were loaded on scaffoldings facing out towards the middle of the seating area.
“This was one of those shows that it is a privilege to work on. Sir Paul and band put on an amazing show, but from an audio perspective this was a fantastic performance by all parties involved. C Vilar proved that you can receive world class gear and service in Latin America and Pab’s mix was impeccable in every way. Chris Nichols (Paul McCartney’s systems engineer) ensured that mix was delivered to the PA as Pab intended it to. As for the E15, it definitely delivered in the way we knew it could. Stadiums can be a challenging environment, but the PA had absolutely no issues in delivering the performance as intended; with clarity, punch, headroom and the throw was effortless. A great result by all.” explained McDonald.
FOH engineer Paul ‘Pab’ Boothroyd was equally impressed, stating: “The delivery was fantastic, really in your face. I sometimes get frustrated at shows when the sound is all the way down far away by the stage rather than coming at you, enveloping you. Obviously the way the (E15) has been designed, the physics of it delivers very, very efficiently and in a very uniform way.” Pab mentions that he likes a PA he can to tune rather than ready out of the box approach: “The problem is sometimes a PA loses too much headroom, punch, and clarity in the process, so I still like a PA that I can shape, and bring the PA to my mix.“
Both C.Vilar and Adamson expressed their delight at the performance of the system: “With a band and a mix engineer of their caliber, it is truly fantastic what can be achieved when given the opportunity to do so,” added Jesse Adamson.
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