The KUDO are divided into two pairs of 12-box hangs that address the steeply raked seating sections to the near left and right of the stage -- areas that proved a bit challenging for the out-fill arrays deployed on the previous trek.
According to Olson, the KUDO are all housed in custom-built "chariots" that simplify their transport and setup. In addition to riding four-high on a truck between venues, these carts -- each containing four KUDO -- are hooked together on stage in groups of three and very quickly flown.
The FOH engineer has also swapped out Onstage's legacy L-ACOUSTICS subwoofers with 16 new SB28 subs, which are positioned four per corner in a stereo cardioid configuration. "With this sub setup, I've totally nulled all of the low-end energy in the middle of the stage that used to give my background singers and other players fits throughout the years," he says. "The other cool thing about it is that it provides a nice little 'bounce' of solid low end there at the point, right behind the subwoofers, which reinforces what the artists are hearing in their in-ears.
Onstage also added two more LA-RAK touring racks to the tour's inventory, bringing the total up to 18. "The entire tour is now exclusively driven by LA8 amplified controllers, which I'm really enjoying," Olson notes.
The tour will take a two-month hiatus during November and December, then head back out for at least three more months starting in January. The engineer expects that the current equipment complement will remain unchanged for the duration of the tour. "However," he adds, "I wouldn't be surprised if the entire rig got changed out to KUDO someday because they're performing so well where we're using them."
For more information on Onstage Systems, visit www.onstagesystems.com.
L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, KUDO, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a "total system approach." L-ACOUSTICS products for the US market are distributed by L-ACOUSTICS US of Oxnard, California.
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