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Kelsea Ballerini Hits the Road with Spectrum Sound

The Nashville-based audio provider fielded a d&b audiotechnik KSL system for the journey.

Nashville, TN (May 28, 2019)—Rising country star Kelsea Ballerini spent the spring on the road with Nashville’s Spectrum Sound providing audio for her “Miss Me More” tour. Along for the ride was a d&b audiotechnik KSL line array system that Chris Diener, production manager and front of house engineer for the tour, used to fill arenas nightly.

While the audio crew was pleased with the output of the system (“I was amazed at the evenness of coverage from the pit to the top seat in the arenas,” said Diener), the team noted surprise at the lack of sound coming out the back of the main arrays. Zach Mitchell, monitor engineer, noted, “I was able to create more full frequency ear mixes since I wasn’t compensating for noise coming off the back on the line array. The cardioid SL-SUBs controlled the low end so well, especially off the back and into monitor world.”

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Diener concurred: “It was crazy. On more than one occasion, I had to walk out past the stage just to make sure walk-in music was still playing! I can’t wait to take this rig out again.”

The touring rig wasn’t minimal either. The d&b configuration included 28 x KSL8 boxes with ArrayProcessing for the main hang, 12 x V12 loudspeakers for the side hang, 12 x SL-SUBs on the ground, 8 x Y10P loudspeakers for front fill and 2 x DS10 Audio network bridge systems for stage control. System engineer Rudd Lance shared, “Having used the GSL for a while made the transition to the KSL that much more impressive. KSL offers you the deployment flexibility of a smaller rig while providing you with the power and sustainability of its big brother. Having KSL coupled with the tools offered in d&b’s software allowed for a great workday for the engineers and an even better fan experience. It is the perfect pairing to round out the SL-Series.”

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“We have been thrilled with the product and are long standing fans of d&b,” said Diener. “This system has changed the way that fans experience Kelsea’s show, and we couldn’t be more impressed with the reaction.”

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