Gladys Knight, the seven-time Grammy Award winner with a five-decade career spanning music, film, and television, first broke through as the frontwoman for Gladys Knight & the Pips. She’s best known for work on chart-toppers including ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ and ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine.’
Recently Gladys Knight took the stage at the Starr Of The Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. Hanging slightly to the left and right of her spotlight were the VUE Audiotechnik al-Class line arrays supplied by Las Vegas-based H.A.S. Productions.
For Gladys Knight, H.A.S. took full advantage of the VUE’s innovative Continuous Source Topology (CST), which allowed al-12 and al-8 acoustic elements to be combined into left and right hybrid arrays for improved coverage, sightlines and reduce weight. Thanks to the CST architecture, the combo arrays delivered linear coverage without disruption.
The H.A.S. team supplied left and right CST clusters that each included eight, large-format al-12 elements above four medium format al-8 elements for downfill. The side-fill system was also an all-VUE affair, with dual al-4 arrays comprised of eight subcompact al-4 elements each.
A total of ten VUEDrive V6 series and two V4 series Systems Engines provided all power and processing for the arrays, while fully-optimized DSP ensured easy setup and deployment of the CST combo arrays via SystemVUE software.
For low-frequency support, H.A.S. supplied a total of twelve hs-221 ACM subwoofers in left and right rows of six – directly in front of the stage. Onboard VUEDrive electronics provided power and processing for the subwoofers while facilitating easy integration with the SystemVUE network. Avid Profile and Yamaha PM5DRh consoles handled front of house and monitor mixes respectively.
H.A.S. will be deploying their al-Class line arrays this week at Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California, for comedian Gabriel Iglesias and American funk band, War.