Pitching up at Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack, the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Mexico 2019 provided two days of electronic dance music and multi-media art. The event marked the fourth year of its collaboration with sound system manufacturer PK Sound, which provided the sound reinforcement for the kineticField main stage.

EDCThe flagship event for EDM-event promoter Insomniac, which takes place annually in Las Vegas as well as various other locations globally, drew more than 120,000 participants. In addition to its record-breaking attendance, a stacked artist line-up featured sets from the likes of Alesso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kaskade and Paul Van Dyk.

‘We first became involved with Insomniac events at EDC Las Vegas 2015 when we provided sound for the BassPod Stage,’ PK Sound Production Operations Manager and engineer Rory Stewart explains. ‘For EDC Mexico, the goal was to ensure that anyone in front of the kineticField main stage was getting the same high-quality experience no matter where they were standing.’

Along with assembling the sound system for the main stage, Stewart was brought on to supervise pre- and post-production of the event as well as run the system during the performances. Tasked with providing not only volume but clarity and power to the large outdoor event, Stewart had to assemble a formidable arsenal of speakers for his main stage rig. ‘We had to bring in speakers from our main offices in Calgary, as well as from locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami,’ he says.

EDCThe system comprised 90 Trinity Robotic Line-Array Speakers, divided into four main hangs of 14 and four delay hangs of eight. Far delay hangs were handled with PK VX-10 Compact Line Array speakers, divided into four hangs of 12 and one hang of eight in the VIP area. The low end was provided by 108 of PK’s CX-800 Dual 18-inch Subwoofers, ten Gravity 218 Dual Subwoofers, and eight Gravity single 30-inch subs.

During the event, Stewart ran the board himself from a DiGiCo SD9 sound desk using PK’s Kontrol Software to align the robotic speakers and make any real-time adjustments required for the perfect experience.

‘The results were flawless,’ he reports. ‘We got the right sound just where we wanted and the right coverage so that every person from the front of the stage to way in the back could hear the performances with the same sound quality and precision.’

More: www.pksound.ca

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