More than 115,000 fans turned out to see Metallica ring Bell Stage’s L-ACOUSTICS K1 rig
L-ACOUSTICS’ top-of-the-line stadium system presides on Bell Stage at 11-day Festival d’ete de Quebec
QUEBEC CITY — Despite its modest beginnings in 1968, the annual Quebec City Summer Festival (Festival d’ete de Quebec) is now recognized as Canada’s largest outdoor performance event. Attracting more than 1.5 million people over its 11-day span each July, this year’s production involved nearly 300 musical performances spread out across three outdoor stages and seven indoor halls.
The primary performance venue for the festival is the Bell Stage, which, from July 7 through 17, hosted everyone from Ben Harper, Elton John and John Fogerty to Simple Plan, Avenged Sevenfold and Metallica, among many others.
Solotech’s K1/KARA and K1-SB arrays flown over ground-stacked SB28 subs at Bell Stage
Following an initial audio design concept by 20k President Alexandre Forgues, Montreal-based Solotech served as the official production supplier for the Bell Stage again this year and deployed a full L-ACOUSTICS loudspeaker system. The main LR arrays were comprised of 14 K1 line source elements plus three KARA down-fills per side each paired with an adjacent array of eight K1-SB subs. This arrangement was complemented by hangs of eight V-DOSC plus three dV-DOSC addressing the far left and right sides. Six additional dV-DOSC were spread across the stage lip for front-fill, while two dozen SB28–all ground-stacked in cardioid configurations–delivered the low-frequency impact.
Out in the audience area, twin towers of nine KUDO plus a third hang of nine dV-DOSC functioned as the first delay ring, while four towers of eight V-DOSC plus four SB-218 subs comprised the second delay ring. This setup comfortably reached more than 115,000 fans during the most packed performance.
Quebec City Summer Festival’s Bell Stage and audience area
Last year’s Quebec City Summer Festival was one of Solotech’s very first opportunities to use its new K1 system and, according to Solotech Senior Project Manager David Brazeau, the team has been highly pleased with its results so far. “For this year’s festival, we improved the consistency of our low-end coverage and created an even more impressive impact,” he says. “Even at 800 feet out from the stage, the audience had the level of impact that made them feel that they were ‘in’ the show rather than simply ‘at’ the show.”
“K1 is a truly performant system that is globally accepted,” he continues. “We have never had an engineer not be excited to mix on it, and the comments from both concertgoers and artists on the sound at the festival this year were extremely enthusiastic.”
Headquartered in Montreal, with satellite locations in both Quebec and Las Vegas, Solotech can be found online at www.solotech.com.
For more information on the Quebec City Summer Festival, visit www.infofestival.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, KARA, 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 US market are distributed by L-ACOUSTICS US of Oxnard, California.
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