The recent Defqon1 Festival at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith Lakes, near Sydney, Australia, offered seven stages across the island, offering dance music.
The main stage, also known as the “Red Stage,” hosted more than 22,000 people who came to dance to the beats spun by Wildstylez, Headhunterz, Frontliner, Code Black, Psyko Punkz, Toneshifterz, Zany, Max Enforcer, S Dee vs Hektic, and XDream. The event was hosted by MC Villain.
Norwest Productions provided complete sound production, while staging, lighting, and pyro were executed by LX- PRG.
Audio system design was executed by the event’s front of house engineer Scott Harrison on the new Adamson Systems Blueprint AV software, enabling the plotting of the four hangs plus a front fill.
“The prediction really matched well what we experienced on the day,” says Harrison. “And it was great being able to plot all four hangs at once, giving us a great idea of our coverage, and our expected SPL.”
The main Adamson Energia E15 hangs per side were made up of 16 boxes in each, while the outer hangs each had 10 Adamson Y18 boxes.
Tremendous low-frequency energy was delivered three groups of Adamson T21 subwoofers arrayed in two-high by four-wide configuration at each location. Front fill included stacks of three Y10s, and for DJ monitors, EAW KF730 with SB730 subs were used.
‘With an area of 80m (260ft) wide x 100m (330ft) long to cover, including a VIP viewing deck at the100m mark, we needed something that was going to have the ability to make it all the way to the back, without sacrificing clarity and SPL,” Harrison explains. “We have used the Y18 in previous years, so we knew an Adamson solution was going to do the job. From all reports about the Energia system, I was very excited to get hangs of sixteen boxes out – and give its legs a stretch.
‘It was the first time I’ve flown the E15, and after getting back from lunch, we decided to hit the two main clusters,” he continues. “It was system tech Jonathon Warren and I, and we had a 16-box hang flown to trim in 25 minutes. Most of that time was spent getting the boxes into place inside the scaffold towers. The E15 is easily the fastest and easiest rigging system I’ve seen.
“There really is nothing like having 24 T21’s really beefing up that real low end. The Q-dance end-show track has some really good sub sequences in it just waiting for a stack of 21 inch drivers to move a whole bunch of air.”
All processing was provided by Lake LM Series, with amplification by Lab.Gruppen totaling in four racks of six FP6400 for the subs, eight racks of four FP6400 and two 10000Q for all the Adamson tops, and two PLM10000Qs for the DJ monitors.The house console was a DiGiCo SD8, chosen because of its Optocore link to run the 90-odd meters to the FOH position.
‘It was great to get the E15 out and have a listen to what everyone has been talking about. I was impressed by the speed that the rig went up, and how even the sound was from the front all the way to the rear, and how the PA sounded like it was right in front of my face, even when it was 100 meters away,” concludes Harrison.