R & B crooner John Legend’s “Made to Love” tour is sweeping across the country playing in 27 different U.S. cities. Concert attendees are treated to intimate, hopelessly romantic presentations of the performer’s amorous chart-topping tunes.
Sound Image, located in Escondido, California and Nashville, Tennessee, 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 PA. The typical venue configuration features left-right hangs of twelve 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,” explains Dave Shadoan, president of Sound Image. “They are extremely impressive.”
The recently introduced E218 is a band-pass sub containing two ND18-S Kevlar Neo-Dymium drivers utilizing 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.
During the “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,” explains John Leary, Sound Image system tech for the tour. “We stack 3 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, FOH 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.