Liverpool-based sound specialist Adlib supplied the sound system for DJ David Guetta’s recent performance at London’s Alexandra Palace, which took place over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.
Adlib supplied Guetta’s 2011 UK tour for production manager Alan Green and his FOH sound engineer Hassane Es Siahi, who also enjoys a close working relationship with the company.
Account handler Phil Kielty commented: “With the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations going on, an England FC football match and two huge David Guetta shows - London was THE place to be for the weekend, and David’s shows didn’t disappoint. Will-i-Am did a guest spot, which amazed the Chelsea FC guests. The sound, visuals and entire production were breathtaking … with Alan and the Guetta team bringing a little piece of Ibiza to London at the other well known Palace that weekend!”
For this gig, the audio system was collectively specified by a combination of Es Siahi and Guetta, together with ideas and input from an Adlib team comprised of systems engineers James Neale and Carlos Herreros, while fellow crew member Jay Petch completed the line-up.
They subsequently selected eight L-Acoustics K1 speakers for the main left and right hangs to fill Alexandra Palace’s Great Hall, which has a capacity of 10,000, together with two side hangs each of six L-Acoustics Kara boxes. Two further hangs of eight K1s per side were used for delays, positioned level with the FOH mixer. Furthermore, eight L-Acoustics SB28 subs were ground stacked each side and run in cardioid mode to clean up the backstage area and keep the energy focussed on the audience, while L-Acoustics ARCS speakers – three per side with two centre-stage – were used for in-fills.
Monitors for the show consisted of two stacks of one dV-SUB with three dV-DOSC speakers on top, which is Guetta’s favourite combination. Es Siahi engineered the show utilising a Soundcraft Vi1 console and one of Adlib’s standard control racks containing Lake LM 44 and 26 processors – two of each.
He also used two external Millennia valve preamps and compressors inserted across the raw mix, which is crafted by Guetta onstage and sent as a left and right mix to Es Siahi’s console for outputting through the main system. Guetta mixed his own monitors straight from his mixer to the amps via the Lakes.
Production manager Alan Green commented: "What a fantastic couple of shows that was. The Adlib guys really nailed the sound for me, they are definitely my ideal team for Guetta's shows. Superb audio combined with our thrilling one-off lighting design (by Jonathan ‘Leggy’ Armstrong) for Ally Pally and the Pilot Vision’s bespoke really made the audience's night."
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