Special Events Services (Winston Salem, N.C.) is handling live sound for Coldplay’s Twisted Logic U.S. tour and is using Lab.gruppen fP SEries amplification for the front-of-house L-Acoustics V-DOSC arrays and onstage wedge monitors.
According to SES’s general manager, Jim Stevens, who oversees the Coldplay account, “We have been changing over to Lab.gruppen amplifiers for the last three years. We had an amp ‘shoot-out’ in 2003 and Lab.gruppen won hands down, so we decided to start putting fP Series into all of our live sound rigs. We started with fP 6400s and fP 3400s for our L-Acoustics V-DOSC rigs specified by Coldplay and Joyce Meyer Ministries. Then, in 2004, we added them to our monitor systems for Hootie and the Blowfish. For 2005, we put them in all of our amphitheater delay systems. Then last year, we installed fP Series in Coldplay’s monitor rig, as well the remainder of our monitor systems.”
“In terms of loading capacity,” offers Dave Cheek, SES systems engineer for the Coldplay tour, “we can provide more watts per cubic foot with Lab.gruppen than with other brands. And these fP Series models are ultra-reliable; we have only had one or two units fail out of hundreds of amps we’ve used in the past several years.”
“For Coldplay’s onstage monitors,” adds SES monitor technician John Kaylor, “the difference in sound quality between Lab.gruppen and several other brands we used to use is remarkable; there is additional clarity and ‘reach’ we haven’t enjoyed before.” SES can also pack 12 6400 amps powering six bi-amp mixes for stage monitoring into a single flight case, thereby dramatically streamlining system setup and teardown.
For more information on the amps, visit Lab.gruppen’s U.S. distributor, TC Electronic, at www.tcelectronic.com.