Escondido, CA (August 1, 2017)—Kendrick Lamar is on the road behind his hit album, DAMN., playing arenas across North America. Along for the ride on the DAMN. tour are FOH engineer Kyle Hamilton, monitor engineer Chris Lee and a sizable Vue Audiotechnik-based audio system provided by Escondido, CA’s Sound Image.
The system includes left and right Vue Audiotechnik al-12 line arrays consisting of 20 elements each, with two auxiliary side-hangs of eight elements each. 36 VueDrive V3 systems engines provide power and processing for the arrays. A DiGiCo SD7 handles the FOH mix with a pair of Vue h-12s serving as nearfield monitors.
For low-frequency support, Sound Image provided 32 Vue hs-221 dual 21-inch ACM subwoofers, configured in left and right arrays of 16 cabinets each, located on either side of the centerstage thrust.
“The subs are just crushing it,” said Hamilton. “I’ve actually had to turn them down on because they were literally making it hard to breathe. I’ve never had a sub go so low and so loud. Vue is really on to something with these ACM subs.”
Kyle Hamilton, FOH engineer for the current Kendrick Lamar tour, at his DiGiCo SD7 console.
Also on-hand is a Vue-based monitoring system of left and right side fill arrays consisting of four al-12 elements and two al-12SB subwoofers each. Each musician also receives an hs-28 ACM subwoofer for added bass and drums. Vue hm-212 dual 12-inch stage wedges are on the downstage lip, on top of the subs, in-between the al-8 front fills for when a surprise guest appears. VueDrive Systems Engines provide power and processing, while a second DiGiCo SD7 handles the monitor mix.
David Shadoan, president and CEO of Sound Image, stated, “If the technology meets our standards, we are always happy to provide what our clients ask us for. The Vue system is exceptionally engineered and it sounds phenomenal, so it made for an easy decision.”