Gladys Knight Uses L-Acoustics Rig

Sep 5, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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Gladys Knight has returned to the Flamingo Showroom (Las Vegas) to headline an extended run of dates, alongside a seven-piece band and four backup vocalists, including brother and former-Pip Merald (aka, Bubba). Because of the add-on dates, monitor tech John Wrote specified an improved monitor system.

Pictured: monitor tech John Wrote (left) and monitor engineer Elliott Peters under a pair of Gladys Knight's new L-Acoustics' ARCS loudspeakers.

Wrote, who also serves as concert touring operations foreman for ProMix Electrotec's Las Vegas office, spearheaded the early-June installation of a new loudspeaker setup comprised of half a dozen L-Acoustics ARCS® loudspeakers, flown three per side as sidefills for Knight, and eight 115FM floor wedges used by her band.

"The Flamingo Showroom actually hosts three different performances a day, with Gladys’ show being the middle one, so our entire monitor system is portable and gets struck after every show," said Wrote. "That was one of the reasons we went with the L-Acoustics system: the compact size and weight of the ARCS cabinets nicely allow them to travel in and out on stage pipes, yet their size doesn't come at a compromise to either audio quality or coverage.

“Gladys is using them as her primary monitors, along with a few existing cabinets for rearfill, and since they went in, she's hearing things she's never heard in the mix before. In fact, her bandmembers were telling me that the ARCS sound too good because now she's able to pick out the tiniest little flubs in their performances. She has a fantastic ear."

Elliott Peters, who has worked with Knight on and off for 16 years, is serving as the production's monitor engineer. "Most of my pro audio career has been spent as a front-of-house engineer, so I've had the pleasure of using V-DOSC® and dV-DOSC® in the past," commented Peters. "The ARCS systems are a chip-off-of-the-old-block. They sound great and are incredible in that they require almost no EQ. Gladys wears a headset microphone, and with our previous setup, the board EQ, parametrics and graphics were all hacked up pretty well. Now, there's just a tiny bit of board EQ in there and that's it. To say 'night and day' doesn't do it justice. It's unbelievable. I actually look forward to going to work now, whereas before it was like, 'What am I going to get glared at for today?' Since the L-Acoustics system went in a month ago, I haven't been the recipient of a single evil eye from the stage."

Aside from the ARCS and 115FMs, ProMix Electrotec also provided power and processing for the loudspeakers, as well as a new monitor console.

For more on the rig, visit www.l-acoustics-us.com. Find out more about ProMix Electrotec at www.promix.com. For more touring news, visit mixonline.com/live_sound_tour_profiles/index.htm.






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