Technical production service provider Adlib recently invested in Coda's new AiRAY line array system.
The latest Coda investment supplements Adlib’s existing stock of AIRLINE LA12, ViRAY and TiRAY systems.
According to a release the AiRAY investment was prompted by what Adlib saw as “a gap in provision for theatre productions where smaller available line-array systems were not quite adequate, but where the requirement for 'the next size up' in the shape of systems designed for arenas, constituted an overkill in both audio provision and trucking requirements”.
In addition to addressing this particular need, the scalability of AiRAY for larger arenas provided Adlib with a flexible solution for the system’s debut tour with singer-songwriter Ella Henderson.
"The Ella Henderson tour was actually a real mixture of venue types. Some of them were limited in terms of load-bearing capacity and others not. Obviously we needed something that could cope with those variations without any compromise on power and AiRAY was perfect,” says Phil Stoker, audio director at Adlib.
“Everyone was really pleased with its performance and its size and weight meant that we were able to truck it with the backline. The cost implications of that certainly can't be ignored."
George Puttock was Adlib's system tech on the tour, supporting FOH engineer and production manager Andrew Thornton and monitor engineer Baggy Robinson.
"Small systems don't usually have the power to create a big image for the audience and engineer, nor do they have the power resources for really solid low-end. Very often, small drivers are pushed to the limit of what they can do, working far lower than intended in an effort to get enough low-end from the enclosure.
This is one of the areas where I found Coda's AiRAY stood out from the crowd. It's an extremely lightweight box but it has an output that is comparable and often exceeds that of some reputable large-format double 15" enclosures. I would be more than happy (in fact, overjoyed) to see this at work in an arena situation, so to get 11 boxes up on a 500kg point in a theatre is out of this world!”