d&b’s SL-Series delivers on UK rapper Dave’s ‘We’re All Alone In This Together’ arena tour.
“The integration of the system and the software is key to delivering the kind of consistency we need on a tour of this scale,” Bidwell continues. “It’s one thing being able to get one venue to sound great, particularly if you’re doing multiple nights there. But to be able to move around the country and know that the experience you’re giving the audience doesn’t change is really important. I trust the SL-Series to deliver and that’s a huge thing - there’s so much else going on that being completely confident in the system I’m using is crucial.”
The logistics of an arena tour mean that the practicalities of rigging and flying the PA are also an important consideration. “The fact that you get so much power from a relatively compact form factor with the GSL boxes makes them very “tour-friendly”,” says system tech Rich Kemp. “It’s pretty remarkable really. We could forklift them on and off the trucks with no messing around and were often the first department finished and ready to go.
“We ran the GSLs in compression mode and the arrays were very quick to get set and fly. They go up very fast, which is always really welcome on big tours like this where there’s so much going on at each venue.”
Summing up his thoughts on the tour, Bidwell was quick to point out that, “it really doesn’t matter where you use d&b, the core experience is the same. Incredible power balanced with exceptional clarity, no matter the setting - so it’s easy to scale up and work in the way that suits you. The support from d&b is unmatched too. The company really understands the relational side of the music business and always go above and beyond with training and advice. Alongside the performance of the SL-Series, that really made for a thoroughly rewarding tour.”