Kaskade, named America’s Best DJ last year by both DJ Times and PioneerDJ.com, became the first solo electronic dance music artists in history to not only headline, but also sell out, Los Angeles’ Staples Centre on Friday July 27th with his 2012 Freaks of Nature Tour using an L-Acoustics K1 system.
Camarillo-based Rat Sound Systems was the sound reinforcement provider for the night, working to keep things pumping with a full L-Acoustics K1 stadium loudspeaker system.
The Staples Centre event was one of the most anticipated shows of the DJ’s 50-plus city summer tour, marking Kaskade’s first proper LA show since his two sold-out performances at the Palladium nearly two years ago.
Needing to deliver more than 110 dB SPL with maximum clarity throughout the entire arena that normally serves as home to the Lakes,Clippers, Kings and Sparks, Rat Sound used left and right arrays each comprised of 16 K1 enclosures with three dV-DOSC cabinets for downfill. A dozen V-DOSC per side, featuring three dV-DOSC downfills, addressed the left and right sides of the audience, with two nine-enclosure KARA arrays covering the extreme upper left and right sections of the 220-degree seating.
For low frequency, a total of 26 SB28 double 18 subs were positioned across the face of the stage, while three ARCS were horizontally arrayed directly in front of the centre stage to deliver frontfill. A pair of 115XT HiQ coaxial wedges were also positioned behind the DJ area for stage monitoring and the system was powered and processed by 7 LA-RAK touring racks, each loaded with 3 LA8 amplified controllers.
Rat Sound’s Manny Perez, who along with Manny Barajas and Crew Chief Jon Monson flew the rig, said: “The coverage was fantastic. Even up in the nosebleed seats, the little KARA side arrays were absolutely rocking it. Kaskade’s DJ tech, who was in charge of ensuring that everything sounded good, was completely blown away when Milk (Mike Arnold, Rat Sound FOH/system engineer) took the K1 for a ride at sound check. Even Kaskade himself was overhead saying that it sounded badass. They totally loved it, and so did 20,000 fans!”
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