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Kid Rock Rolls With L-Acoustics

Kid Rock is on the road this summer with an L-Acoustics’ K1 stadium line source system supplied by Sound Image.

Kid Rock performing during the Red Sky Music Festival at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on July 20, 2011.
Escondido, CA (July 27, 2011)–Kid Rock is on the road this summer with an L-Acoustics’ K1 stadium line source system supplied by Sound Image.

The tour’s concert sound system features left and right arrays of 12 K1s plus three dV-Dosc down, each flanked by an adjacent subwoofer hang of eight K1-SB. Additional arrays comprised of six Kudos per side address the extreme left and right seating areas, while four SB28 per side positioned below serve as front-fill subs for the space not covered by the K1-SB hangs.

“My first real outing with K1 was back in mid-January,” says Steve Cross, who has served as Kid Rock’s FOH engineer for the past four years. “It was the very first day of Kid Rock’s Born Free tour and he was celebrating his 40th birthday with a huge stadium show at the Detroit Lions’ Ford Field in his hometown. Not only did we fly more boxes than any other show on the tour so far, but there were at least 15 special guests that showed up to perform with him. So the pressure was certainly on that evening, but Sound Image came out strong and the K1 system sounded absolutely spectacular.”

Although Cross had only mixed on K1 once before–at the Coachella festival a few years prior–he notes that the current tour spec was ultimately driven by the musicians themselves. “Several of the band members went to see Tom Petty in concert last year and, after hearing that system, they asked us to get in touch with Sound Image and request the same setup. They were tremendously impressed and knew they had to have it.”

“If I put a vocal into a system and know that it sounds proper coming out of the console, I should expect it to sound natural coming out of the loudspeakers–not aggressive or obviously amplified. A good mix is not determined by its volume or looking the right way on an RTA. It’s about accurately sharing what’s happening on stage and K1 does that very well. Even without the subs turned on, the mains reproduce such beautifully full-range, natural-sounding music. They’re a pleasure to work on.”

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