New York, NY (May 19, 2015)—Touring to mark the thirtieth anniversary of his album Reckless, rocker Bryan Adams is working once again with Canadian production company Gearforce, headed by Adams’ long-time monitor engineer Rob Nevalainen. Also in tow is the company’s d&b audiotechnik V-Series line array system, marking its second time out on the road with Adams, albeit the first time with a full band.
Nevalainen explained that after Gearforce took delivery in May 2014, “We used it almost immediately on a Bryan Adams solo tour. The V system brought many benefits, in particular better coverage with the use of V8 and V12 combinations, and the weight issue was also a key factor: we could fly it virtually anywhere.”
This year, the Gearforce V-Series system is out with a full size arena production for Adams, travelling across Canada before moving on to Europe in the early Spring. “Our first full band tour, we have d&b J-Series for left/right mains which I’ve subhired from EDS, and our own V-Series for the side hangs, with Y-Series for the rears in the bigger venues where we play 270° or 360°. All driven by D80s; it sounds great.”
The use of d&b extends to Nevalainen’s monitor rig, too:“Although all the band are on IEMs, I have side fills composed rather unconventionally of J-INFRA with Y10 on top. The lower octave reach of the INFRAs is ideal for building the kick drum sound on the stage apron; it’s big, loud and rich, and all the band feel it. The Y-TOPs enable me to feed guitars to stage left, and vocals to both sides with remarkable clarity and power for such a small cabinet. The vocals in particular are very useful for the many guest artists we have turn up on Bryan’s shows; the tightness of the dispersion putting sound right where I want it.”
As the Canadian leg draws to a close Nevalainen is already contemplating more work for his latest investment. “Jody Perpick has been mixing front of house since day one of Bryan’s career and he is really enjoying the switch to d&b. In fact we’ve been getting more positive feedback from the audiences about the sound on this tour than we have in ages. Jody has never allowed himself to become complacent; we have embraced new consoles over the years, and were early adopters of digital signal transport. The positive response we’ve had to the new d&b V-Series is part of that continual effort towards improvement.”