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Wez Clarkel

Grammy-award-winning mix engineer (Beyoncé, Jess Glynne, Clean Bandit, Craig David, Tinie Tempah) Wez Clarke has replaced his first-generation SSL AWS 948 with a new 48-channel SSL Duality δelta SuperAnalogue hybrid console.

There were several considerations behind the move, both creative and logistical – though possibly the most important sound-wise was the additional flexibility offered by its full-featured channels. Every Duality input channel comes with twin-curve SSL E and G Series 4-band parametric EQ, full dynamics (gate, expander, compressor/limiter), and Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) preamps.

The Killers at London’s O2 Arena

Two nights at London’s O2 Arena, closed the British Isles leg of the Killers fifth studio album tour, Wonderful Wonderful. Mixing FOH was Kenny Kaiser, and alongside him experienced system tech Toby Donovan – arguably one of the most experienced Martin Audio MLA system techs in the world – overseeing the Capital Sound MLA PA at FOH.

The band used a familiar Martin Audio set-up comprising main hangs of 17 MLA elements plus two MLD Downfills per side, with side hangs of 12 MLA plus an MLD Downfill per side. Also used were secondary side hangs of ten MLA Compact enclosures on each flank to ensure that, while the main side hangs provided coverage up to around 8ft-12ft upstage of the downstage edge, the secondary hangs coverd the side stage seats.


Norwest systems at the Qudos Bank ArenaServing live events across Australasia, the NW Group’s audio specialist brands Norwest and Oceania have used L‑Acoustics system since investing in Kudo in 2006 for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in Doha. The group has now added 370 L-Acoustics cabinets to its inventory, including a substantial L‑Acoustics K2 system, in anticipation of the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

NW Group’s new system comprises 124 K2, 24 K1-SB, 60 KS28, 72 Kiva II, 24 SB15m, 24 SB18m, 42 ARCS WiFo and 18 LA-Rak II with 28 LA4X amplified controllers. 

River City

Adopting a worship style that calls heavily on its production facilities, Indiana’s First Assembly Community Ministries has transformed itself into the River City Church – with new audio systems being a key part of the transformation.

CCI Solutions was able to meet the River City sanctuary’s need for a more modern sound system with an L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo (ARCS Wide and ARCS Focus) system and Allen & Heath mixing.

In HOW installs, one of the biggest challenges – especially in mid-sized rooms – is consistency of coverage and sound quality, and River City chose a system integration company with a long-standing reputation as a company that ‘gets it’.

60 Years of Music

The only film composer to have received the honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement, Ennio Morricone embarked on his 60 Years of Music world tour this year, with an L‑Acoustics audio system supplied by Italian rental company, Agorà.

Early in the tour, Morricone’s long-time recording and FOH engineer Fabio Venturi and Agorà Project Manager Giulio Rovelli heard about the L-Isa immersive sound system and visited the L-Isa headquarters in London for a presentation and to test the platform with Venturi’s own recorded material. ‘Our normal L‑Acoustics configuration works extremely well. But in places such as arenas, it’s difficult to achieve exactly what we want,’ he says.

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