Adlib supplies sound for O2 Academy Glasgow

The new sound system comprises L-Acoustics and Digico products
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PHOTO by Matthew McAndrew - AMG Copyright

PHOTO by Matthew McAndrew - AMG Copyright

Adlib’s installation team has delivered a touring spec system – including L-Acoustics and Digico products – to Academy Music Group’s 2,550 capacity O2 Academy Glasgow in Scotland.

It follows similar recent Adlib installations at AMG’s O2 Forum Kentish Town in London, and O2 Academy venues in Bristol and Newcastle in the last 18 months, all of which also feature L-Acoustics and Digico combinations.

Led by John Hughes and Roger Kirby, Adlib collaborated closely with Jeff Woodford, applications engineer (installations) and Sergey Becker applications engineer (touring) from L-Acoustics. Together, they worked with Academy Music Group’s divisional manager (North), Steve Hoyland.

Adlib's Andy Russell, and O2 Academy Glasgow’s technical manager Rob Watson and general manager Chris Johnston had valuable input in the installation.

The room was initially modelled using Soundvision acoustic profiling software, which suggested that – particularly with its 270-degree seated wrap-around balcony and pros arch design – an L-Acoustics K2 system would produce the best results.

The ultimate objective was to have a versatile system that “delivered superb coverage and would work well for live rock ’n’ roll shows, late-night club nights and spoken word and comedy events,” explained Hoyland.

Adlib’s Scottish operation had provided similar PAs for some one-off events over the last year, so the team was confident that K2 was an appropriate solution.

O2 Academy Glasgow also happens to be one of Kirby’s favourite live UK venues, so he was delighted to be part of producing its sonic excellence. “The layout and the décor – much of it restored in Academy Music Group’s original renovations in 2003 – is fantastic, as is the sense of proportion, and shows always have an amazing vibe,” he stated.

Kirby also noted that while 2,550 is a good ‘medium’ sized venue, somehow the gigs always feel intimate and personal.

The new system itself comprises left and right flown arrays of 10 K2 speakers a side – hung from new points – and 12 x L-Acoustics SB28 subs distributed on and beneath the stage. Four ARCSII a side provide near field stalls fills, joined by two X8 passive coaxial speakers on the centre of the stage apron to fill the area just above and behind the barrier line. All of these are driven by LA8 amplifiers located in a new climate-controlled amp room that was created in the most recent refurbishment plans. The FOH and monitor consoles are both Digico SD12s with individual D2 rack stage racks.

Being a heritage building with Listed status, the ornate decoration, original art deco features and plasterwork meant there were plenty of considerations, especially when it came to the roof loading capacity.

Adlib supplied the two LP1000 D8 hoists – sourced from Merseyside based LTM – to hang the two K2 arrays, and the new steelwork and points necessary to fly these were designed and installed by Manchester-based structural experts, MJ Consulting Engineers. The venue’s power supply has been upgraded to accommodate the new rigging infrastructure and to accommodate all the kit in the amp room.

For monitors, Adlib specified and supplied a general-purpose system to service a wide array of artists, based around 10 of its famous MP4 wedges driven by Linear Research 44M20 amps.

A new line system is part of the install, together with an input multicore and bespoke patch panels for each of the console breakouts..

The first artists to have used and benefited from the new audio installation have included Jorja Smith, Richie Hawtin, Glenn Hughes, Daughtry and Rudimental and it’s been exceptionally well received by engineers.

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