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Young & Free consistency

Young & Free consistency
Hillsong Young Free perform in Oshawa, Canada. (Photos courtesy of Jeremie Ngandu)

Young & Free consistency

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Hillsong Young & Free is an Australian contemporary worship music group that formed in Sydney at the Hillsong Church’s flagship Sydney campus. The band spent much of 2019 touring North America to promote their latest studio album, III. Soundbox Productions, a Canadian AV production company, supplied the technical equipment for the tour, which included a sound setup comprising Adamson S-Series loudspeakers.

‘The Canadian leg of the III tour was the second time we had deployed a complete Adamson S-Series system with the Soundbox crew,’ revealed Hillsong Young & Free’s front of house engineer, Nate Balderston. ‘And for the US run, we decided it was too good not to use it again. The S10 is a fantastic product. The mid-range and clarity really make creating space within the mix so easy.’

The tour included dates at a wide variety of venues, including churches and theatres of vastly different sizes. Therefore, the sound setup changed depending on the venue, with different quantities of the 24 S10 two-way, full-range enclosures and 14 E119 subwoofers taken from the inventory on each date. The typical setup featured eight S10s per side for the main hangs, two more S10s for front-fill, and a further three, ground-stacked S10s per side for out-fills.

‘Our biggest hurdle each day was obviously coverage,’ said Balderston. ‘Some days, we had 120° seating; other days, we had three-tier-balcony theatres. What we loved about using the S10s was we always had a solution for whichever configuration we might encounter.’

Many of the church venues didn’t have the rigging points needed for the sound system, so Soundbox provided Sumner Eventer 25 stage lifts to hold the speakers.

‘The Adamson S10 system is very easy to deploy thanks to the Slidelock rigging technology and S-Series Extended Beams,’ added Soundbox audio head and systems tech Jamal Bleasdell. ‘Sonically, the proprietary drivers make the mid-range sound so much warmer and respond to low end really nicely. Also, Adamson’s Blueprint AV software has great tools like the Mirror Functions and Vertex/Edge Link that allow me to build for each venue very quickly.’

‘The comments we received from audiences across both tours, and from many house audio techs we had the pleasure of working with, was fantastic,’ Balderston concluded. ‘The Adamson S-Series being so easy to deploy and configure, as well as its sonic consistency from venue to venue, really made for an amazing experience.’

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