George Strait’s Final Show Includes L-Acoustics K1, K2

Jul 17, 2014 4:41 PM


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George Strait performed in front of 104,793 fans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on June 7, 2014 for the final performance of his final tour.

George Strait holds the all-time record for the most Number One country music hits: 44 top-chartering songs since 1981. Nearly 105,000 fans attended Strait’s June 7 concert in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium, eclipsing the Rolling Stones’ previous attendance record of 87,500 for the venue in 1981, the same year that Strait launched his professional career.

Dallas-based Onstage Systems, which has been rigging sound reinforcement for Strait’s tours since they began, pulled out all the stops for the final date on the tour, dubbed The Cowboy Rides Away, powering up a massive L-Acoustics K1/K2 loudspeaker system to fill the stadium, which is home to the Dallas Cowboys.

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“K1 is the premier stadium line array system and we’ve had tremendous success with it in large venues, indoors and out,” says Eric Thomas, Onstage Systems’ audio department lead. “There really is no other system that would get the job done for a show like this and provide the sonic signature that we love. Plus, we were really excited to be using K2 for the first time as well.”

“With 105,000 seats, AT&T Stadium is the hugest of venues,” says George Olson, Strait’s FOH engineer since 2007. “It’s safe to say things are bigger in Texas, and when it comes to musicians, no one here is bigger than George Strait, so we needed a room this large to fit his fans. But it’s a very difficult venue to try to work in. It has to be one of the world’s loudest places with the longest decay time I have ever mixed. That’s why the K1/K2 system was ideal. The K1 with its sheer horsepower and throw was perfect for the bowl seats while the K2, with its identical sound and ability to get 10 degrees of down, was exceptional for the closer floor seats. L-Acoustics has long been a great partner and friend, and I could not have asked for a better system or crew.”

Like most of Strait’s shows in recent years, the stage for the final tour stop was centrally located on the stadium floor and set up in-the-round. To deliver superb coverage to audiences seated on multiple levels in a full 360 degrees, Onstage Systems deployed a total of 226 L-Acoustics enclosures.

The primary equipment complement for the evening included 104 K1 and 48 K2 line source array enclosures flown in eight arrays around the Jumbotron, 48 SB28 and eight K1-SB subs, and 30 LA-RAK amplifier racks for a total of 90 LA8 amplified controllers flown with the arrays.

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