All 16 racks recently went out on the first leg of country music superstar George Strait's 2010 Tour, which was performed in-the-round at 20 arenas and domes across North America. The LA-RAKs delivered power, processing and control for 72 V-DOSC and 48 dV-DOSC enclosures -- split into eight arrays flown around the center stage -- in addition to 16 SB Series subs and eight more dV-DOSC for front-fill.
The first leg of the tour wrapped up with sold-out concert on May 1 at San Antonio's Alamodome, which packed in more than 55,000 fans to see Strait, Reba, Lee Ann Womack and Randy Rogers Band. To accommodate the size of the enormous venue, Onstage cross-rented some supplementary gear from fellow L-ACOUSTICS Rental Network companies US Audio and Sound Image.
"Between Onstage Systems and US Audio, we had nearly 80 L-ACOUSTICS LA8 amplified controllers in use on our show at the Alamodome, and, like the rest of our tour, we had zero problems with them whatsoever," says George Olson, Strait's FOH engineer and lead system tech. "I love the packaging of LA-RAK. We can stack them any way we want and they patch up perfectly every time with no ground issues, buzzes or hums. They're very solid and sonically pleasing."
"I'm also really enjoying LA Network Manager and the LA8's onboard processing tools, especially Array Morphing," he continues. "I generally have quite a few 15s in the air, and, with this tour being in-the-round, the network software has provided a very quick means of tailoring out some of those low-mid frequencies. Plus, seeing that the LA8s are perfectly matched for our L-ACOUSTICS loudspeakers, I've found that they provide a bit more brilliance in the mids and highs than our previous amplifiers, which is a nice improvement."
Onstage Systems' Charles Belcher agrees with Olson that the LA8-loaded LA-RAK is a winner. "The true beauty of this system really is the lightweight, four-channel LA8 amps with built-in processing," Belcher adds. "They sound and work great!"
Onstage Systems can be found online at 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 North American market are manufactured and distributed by L-ACOUSTICS US of Oxnard, California.
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