Niki Barr Band warming up the crowd on the pool deck
Loud & Clear Inc. supplies multiple concert sound systems for festival cruise featuring Queensryche, Tesla, Ratt and Skid Row
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — Hailed as “the ultimate rock and roll vacation and backstage pass”, ShipRocked recently put Queensryche, Tesla, Ratt, Skid Row and half a dozen other bands together with nearly 1500 fans onboard the luxurious MSC Poesia cruise ship for an intimate five-day music festival and party.
At the request of famed tour/production manager Larry Morand, ShipRocked’s concert sound systems were supplied and manned by Cincinnati-based Loud & Clear Inc., which exclusively used L-ACOUSTICS amplifiers and loudspeakers for all three stages on the vessel.
Queensryche rocking the KUDO rig in the ship’s theatre
The floating festival’s primary performance venue was the 1250-seat art deco Carlo Felice Theatre, which was equipped with five L-ACOUSTICS KUDO enclosures positioned over three SB218 subwoofers per side. Two dV-DOSC were deployed as front fills, while two eight-inch coaxials were used for balcony fill. On stage, a dozen 115XT HiQ wedges served as monitors, with an ARCS and SB28 per side for sidefill and LF fill. Monitors were driven by 10 LA8 amplified controllers and main/fill enclosures were powered by other LA Series systems.
Loud & Clear setting up the pool deck stage
A second stage near the outdoor pool on the Foscolo Deck sported six dV-DOSC stacked on four SB218 per side complemented by six 115XT HiQ stage wedges. The Pigalle Lounge, a third venue in the lower aft of the ship, featured a smaller system consisting of three dV-DOSC stacked on two dV-SUB per side, a single dV-DOSC per side for fill, and six more 115XT HiQ monitors on stage. Power for both of these smaller stages came from a combination of LA8 and other LA models.
“KUDO’s adjustable vanes were very instrumental in eliminating some potential audio challenges in the main theater,” notes Loud & Clear’s Matt Fish, who served as the FOH tech for the Carlo Felice Theatre. “Using SOUNDVISION, we were able to appropriately tailor the dispersion patterns and keep as much of the sound off of the theatre’s side walls and push it to where it needed to be.”
115XT HiQ were used as monitors on all three stages
“We used a really wide variety of L-ACOUSTICS boxes on this cruise — from our KUDO enclosures all the way down to our smallest coaxials — and everything performed perfectly,” adds Loud & Clear President Bill Deavers. “There was plenty of horsepower and volume to satisfy the bands, engineers and fans, and the sound quality and coverage was never anything less than exceptional, which is exactly what we’ve come to expect from L-ACOUSTICS.”
Loud & Clear’s Norm Stout and Chuck Smith served as the FOH techs for the Foscolo and Pigalle stages, respectfully, with Steve Lagemann on-hand as L&C’s supervisor and Nate Schneider as the production manager.
Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with stops made in Jamaica and Grand Cayman, ShipRocked featured an impressive roster of artists, including Queensryche, Tesla, Ratt, Skid Row, Broken Teeth, EndeverafteR, Lynam, Niki Barr Band, Stereoside, StoneRider and even the Kansas City School Of Rock. For more info on the cruise — as well as details on ShipRocked II, which is scheduled for November 11-14, 2010 — visit www.getshiprocked.com.
L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, KUDO, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” L-ACOUSTICS products for the North American market are manufactured and distributed by L-ACOUSTICS US of Oxnard, California.
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