One of Norway’s largest coastal culture festivals, Skudefestivalen marked the first European outing for EM Acoustics’ new Halo-A large-format line array system on the festival’s main stage. The system was supplied by Haugesund-based A/V rental specialist Livepro, with support from EM Acoustics’ Norwegian distributor, Norstage.

EM Acoustics’ Halo-A at Skudefestivalen‘This is a huge improvement over the sound systems we’ve used in previous years,’ says Livepro System Engineer Geir Larsen. ‘I’m really impressed with the way it sounds, even in a tent which is not the friendliest environment for a concert.’

Larsen elected to deploy left and right groundstacks of four Halo-A two-way line array elements supported by three MSE-218 subwoofers each side, powered by four DQ20 advanced system amplifiers.

‘Set-up was a piece of cake,’ he reports. ‘We used it in a groundstacked configuration for Skudefestivalen, but the next job required a flown system, and I rigged it single-handedly. There aren’t that many systems you can do that with, especially large-format systems like Halo-A. It’s really useful to be able to set the splay angles before you fly it.’

Larsen praised Halo-A’s projection and rear rejection: ‘I can’t believe how loud it is,’ he adds. ‘The power and SPL is just breathtaking. But even at high levels, it sounds incredibly natural and the vocal presence is amazing. Many other systems would rip your head off at those levels, but not Halo-A; it still sounds great. The dynamic range was impressive and it was surprisingly quiet behind the rig. We had no feedback issues at all, although we turned it up as loud as we dared. Sound coverage and throw was excellent and the HF drops very little at long range compared to other systems.’

Norstage’s Lasse Erikson agrees: ‘Geir certainly had a big smile on his face as he was using it, and comments from other engineers – including top Norwegian engineer, Johan Berntsen who engineers for Janove – were very positive. They all remarked on how good it sounded and the amount of SPL they could generate – which is important for Norwegian rock bands.

‘The difference between the system Livepro has been using here for the past five years and Halo-A is huge, even though on paper they were very similar. The HF clarity and the power of Halo-A is astonishing. One of the big differences compared to other systems is that Halo-A requires very little EQ on the inputs, which has the effect of opening up the mix – you end up with the same open feeling that you get from Halo-C but at much higher SPLs.’

Skudefestivalen 2018 saw performances from many of Norway’s top acts, including Jan Ove Ottesen, Heine Totland, Plumbo, Just 4 You, Keipstein and Slogmåkane.

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