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Solotech unites with Hillsong

Solotech unites with Hillsong

Solotech unites with Hillsong


Since the release of their 2011 record Aftermath, Australian Contemporary Christian band Hillsong United consistently toured with L-Acoustics K1 loudspeakers. For their first North American tour in three years, Hillsong United called upon Solotech to supply them with K1 and K2 loudspeakers from L-Acoustics.

The configuration consisted of 12 K1s with four K2a on left and right hangs, four K1s on top of eight K2s for the side hangs and six K1s with six Karas down for the 270° arrays. A total of 24 SB28 subwoofers were set up in a symmetric cardioid configuration in three clusters of four on either side of the downstage thrust. For front-fill, 16 Kiva II loudspeakers were installed, which varied depending on the venue. This ranged from three high on the middle sub cluster for inside-fill and either two or three stacked on the outside sub cluster. As there was a VIP standing room on either side of the stage, two or three Kiva IIs were used for an upstage out-fill to cover the area and provide additional coverage to the first couple of rows of seats under the 270° hangs.

For the largest shows in arenas such as Toronto’s Scotiabank and New York’s Madison Square Garden, Solotech supplied an additional two K1s on each main hang for a total of 18 enclosures and swapped the side hangs for all K2s. A total of 48 LA8 amplified controllers drove the PA system via AES over Riedel RockNet. Every venue that Hillsong United performed in had to be modelled in Soundvision as every file translated directly into an import in Network Manager that reflected the variables of the day’s configuration.

The tour’s sub configuration also involved separating the subs left and right due to the downstage centre thrust dividing the array. ‘We wanted to steer the low frequency energy away from it, so having a symmetrical cardioid configuration with the reversed sub onstage slightly steered the polar response of the subs away from the thrust,’ commented system engineer Arica Rust. ‘In addition, we delayed each cluster slightly using values based off Soundvision predictions to create a slight arc to spread the low frequency coverage better throughout the floor. The great thing about the K1 is that even though we did not have flown subs, the full range of the box goes down to 35Hz so it can deliver LF content to the back of an arena, especially when used in conjunction with the LF Contour function in Array Morphing.’

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