John Legend Tours with Sound Image, Adamson Energia E15 P.A. System

Feb 4, 2014 7:01 PM


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Sound Image provided John Legend's Made to Love tour with an Adamson Energia E15 P.A. supported by Adamson's new Energia E218 subwoofers.

R&B artist John Legend's Made to Love tour, in support of his Grammy Award–nominated 2013 album Love In The Future, is currently playing in 27 different U.S. cities. Sound Image, with facilities in Escondido, Calif., Nashville, and Tempe, Ariz., was once again selected to provide sound reinforcement and support for the tour.

Made to Love is on the road with an Adamson Energia E15 P.A. system. The typical venue configuration features left-right hangs of 12 enclosures per side with front fill support provided by four SpekTrix enclosures.

The newest items on the tour are eight Adamson Energia E218 subwoofers, which recently joined the inventory at Sound Image.

"The technology in the Adamson Energia E218 sub is leaps and bounds ahead of its competitors," says Dave Shadoan, president of Sound Image. "They are extremely impressive."

The recently introduced E218 is a bandpass subwoofer containing two ND18-S Kevlar neodymium drivers using Adamson's Advanced Cone Architecture. The sub is equipped with a custom version of the e-Capsule, which holds a simplified version of the Energia rigging system, allowing for a flat or slightly curved sub array when hung.

In Legend's Made to Love tour the subwoofers are used in a standard left-right configuration off an auxiliary send. When space allows, they are typically arranged two wide by two high.

"Sometimes I only have 4 feet of space to work, so with them being relatively lightweight, stacking isn't difficult with four guys," says John Leary, Sound Image's system tech for the tour. "We stack three [subs] high on a dolly, which makes getting them into the building easy and I like the input and ouput NL8's on the back so I can drive two boxes with one cable."

David Haines, front-of-house engineer on the tour, adds, "I'm amazed at how smooth and punchy the E218 is for being so light. They have excellent coverage and response, especially in some of the more challenging rooms we've encountered on this run so far."

The system is powered by Crown HD-12000s and driven by Lake Processors.

Find more information about Adamson's Energia E15 P.A. system.

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Read Mix magazine's February 2014 feature interview with producer Dave Tozer, who discusses his collaboration with John Legend for Love In The Future.

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