Lionel Richie Tours Germany with Electro-Voice
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Lionel Richie Tours Germany with Electro-Voice

August 8th, 2007

Satisfy entrusted responsibility for stage and system equipment to Rüdiger Nürnberg and Tobi Hoff, a team who work together with consistently outstanding results. Equipped with EV’s X-Line they were able to provide an optimal balance of power and flexibility: “We took a total of 24 tops and 20 subs with us on tour,“ reports Nürnberg, “driven by six amp racks charged with EV TG-7 amplifiers, though the exact configuration for each show was determined by the demands of the venue.“

In Wiesbaden’s “Bowling Green,“ where Lionel Richie delighted an audience of 9,500 on July 17th, nine Xvls and three Xvlt enclosures were deployed on each side of the stage, with eight Xsubs per side reinforcing the low frequencies.

System Engineer Tobi Hoff configured the system according to a tried-and-tested formula: “The routing between the console positions was the exclusive responsibility of NetMax, which also handled the synchronization of the main PA with the delays. All other processing duties were assumed by the TG-7 amps under the stage, though the IRIS-Net network ensured that I retained access at all times to all parameters and could therefore intervene as and when I wished, the communication between the amps and the NetMax being bi-directional.

“Furthermore, NetMax handles the summing of the two consoles at the FOH position as well as providing background music for the walk-in and walk-out. “A nice detail, that,“ adds Hoff, “because it means we can start pulling down the system the moment the concert ends without depriving the audience of music while it is vacating the premises.“ When schedules are tight, this is an enormous advantage, though in the case of the Lionel Richie tour there were no such constraints. “This tour was organized in typical American fashion,“ says Nürnberg. “Apart from one occasion, we had one full day in each venue for setting-up, with the next day reserved for the show and dismantling of the system, so we had more than enough time to prepare for each gig.“

Kyle J. Hamilton, Front-of-House Engineer for Richie’s “Coming Home“ tour, was certainly convinced: “I am very satisfied with this system,“ he said, after the show in Wiesbaden. “The X-Line has a really impressive midrange, which ensures that the guitars and Lionel’s vocals in particular come out clearly and at the right levels. Positioning them up-front in the mix therefore poses no problems.“ When preparing for a show, Hamilton invariably follows the same routine: “When I arrive at the venue, I play back a selection of my own CDs through the PA and listen, making whatever corrections are necessary with the equalizer. As a general rule, I dispense with measuring equipment altogether when tuning the PA on tour.“ In Wiesbaden, of course, since the noise emission regulations are extremely strict, an SPL meter is more or less obligatory, but high SPLs do not in any case loom large among the audiophile’s priorities: “A concert“ says Hamilton “should sound like one of the CDs - but with that special live magic added.“

The SPL readings during the sound check in Wiesbaden provoked an astonished reaction from Kyle J. Hamilton: “While the system engineers were adjusting the PA, we were walking round the venue together measuring the level. I couldn’t believe it when I noticed that the level over the entire distance of around 50 meters from stage to FOH never varied by more than 1 to 2 dB. I thought the measurements must be erroneous, but no: that was in fact the case!“

Lionel Richie’s “Coming Home“ Tour 2007, equipment list (extract):

Main PA

16x Electro-Voice X-Line Xvls

8x Electro-Voice X-Line Xvlt

20x Electro-Voice X-Line Xsub

6x Electro-Voice amp rack with 6xTG 7 + RCM 26

1x Electro-Voice N8000 Loudspeaker Management System

1x Klark Teknik DN370



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