As one of the world’s biggest dance music festivals, Belgium’s Tomorrowland recently turned to Lake’s LM 26 to help provide optimum sound quality across the event, which featured the likes of Skrillex, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Carl Cox, The Bloody Beetroots, Paul van Dyk, Fatboy Slim and Pendulum.
Having worked on some of the biggest tours and events in the genre during its history, sound production company Noiz Boyz knew immediately that Lake’s LM Series would be crucial to the event.
Bas Rijsdijk, who together with Emil Jongmans owns Noiz Boyz, said: “Because we needed a lot of outputs we choose to use Lake LM 26 digital audio system processors. We needed the outputs because of the restrictions from the town community. Once the LM 26s were plugged into the system, we were able to control every sub stack and every line-array.”
For those line arrays and sub stacks, Noiz Boyz rented an L-Acoustics system from Phlippo Showlights in Belgium, according to the requirement of the festival organisers. Across the different stages, more than 96 K1 boxes, 102 SB28 and 64 SB218 subwoofers, 56 V-DOSC and 72 KARA boxes were used.
The LM 26 provides a two input/six output analogue configuration that is suited for multi-way loudspeaker crossover, delay and EQ functions. Two LM 26 units can be stacked and linked to function as a single 4 × 12 processor, which proved to be ideal for Noiz Boyz and Tomorrowland.
“Another reason for using the LM Series was that these devices are fast, easy to use and that they a really good sound,” commented Rijsdijk. “On top of that, Lake is a highly respected brand with guest engineers. What’s great about the Lake processors is that you have all the units on one screen via the Lake Controller software, so it makes it much easier and faster to work with than other processors.
“The reaction from the organisers of the festival really underlines why we used Lake’s LM Series. Put simply, they said it was the best sound they had ever had.”
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