Adlib supplied an L-Acoustics audio system, with all associated rigging and crew for the recent UK and European leg of multiple award winning Scottish singer / songwriter Emeli Sandé’s, Long Live the Angels tour.
The company was asked on-board by production manager Steve Martin (Tourhouse Productions) and worked with Sandé’s FOH engineer Max Bisgrove and monitor guru Andrew Williamson.
The itinerary featured a mix of venues – academies, town halls and arenas – so the requirement was to cover all of these, for which they toured a selection of L-Acoustics K1, K2 and KARA loudspeakers.
There were 32 x K1 elements on the truck, with the largest configuration typically 12 to 14 K1s a side for the main hangs, with four KARA-downs. The side hangs – when used – would be six K2s and two K1s a side. They utilised the new KS28 subs, six-a-side ground stacked, which brought plenty of bottom end atmospherics, complete with four ARCS on top for out-fills.
When it came to front fills, stage and visual designer Jamie Thompson wanted to keep the lip of the stage completely clean and clear, so instead of the usual positioning of in-fills along the front, two KARAs were utilised stage left and right just inside of the subs, sitting on dressed motor boxes. These covered the centre-field.
The system was driven by L-Acoustics LA12 amps with one of Adlib’s Lake control racks for EQ and signal distribution.
It was a very Waves and FX heavy mix for monitor guru Andrew Williamson, who was recreating multiple album sounds using vocal effects, reverbs and delays, utilising around 12 instances of H-Verb, multiple verbs, delays for vocals, guitars, Hammonds, drums and even a run of guitar stomp boxes and amp simulators for vocal effects.
He also used an outboard Locomotive Audio 14B limiter / compressor on Sandé’s main vocal in conjunction with a plugin chain, which he describes as “a stunning piece of hand-crafted art”.
Adlib director Phil Stoker adds: “We were all delighted when Emeli won The Brit Award recently. Her live show is stunning, the band is great and she is surrounded by a top crew with good management. The London Brixton show was a particular highlight on the UK run.”