The recent Clockenflap 2014 music and arts festival in Hong Kong featured six stages outfitted with K-array Firenze and Concert Series loudspeakers that offer some of the company’s latest technologies, joined by a brand-new K-array loudspeaker development not even announced yet.
Held at the West Kowloon Cultural District Waterfront Promenade, this seventh annual iteration of Clockenflap saw Sennheiser Hong Kong providing the systems and tech support for the three-day festival.
The main stage, which hosted artists such as Tencious D, Kool & The Gang and The Flaming Lips, was outfitted with 24 new K-array KH8 full-range, self-powered line array modules joined by 16 new KS8 subwoofers, each loaded with dual 21-inch custom-engineered transducers.
KH8 arrays are flown vertically, but each unit has the ability to be tilted totally independent. The result is “straight array” (vertically), but one that has a wavefront with the desired curvature from a vertical cluster. Further coverage precision is obtained via the onboard eight DSP channels in each loudspeaker, each designed to load FIR and delays to achieve highly accurate steering. (Go here for more about the new KH8 and KS8.)
In addition, eight K-array KH15 loudspeakers on either side of the stage provided front fill and side fill, joined by four K-array KH4 and four KO70. Up to 14 K-array KF12MT could be arranged on stage for monitoring, with two KO40 for drum fill.
A little further down the way, the Replay Stage, which welcomed artists such as The Vaccines and Rudimental, was served with 12 new loudspeakers joining the Firenze Series that will be launched in later this year. They were joined by six KO70 subwoofers, six KH15 for front fill, with KH4 and KS4 for side fill. Six KF12MT were on hand for stage monitoring.
Sennheizer Hong Kong took the charge from festival organizers to provide “serious sound” very seriously indeed, supplying a total of 30 KH8, 22 KS8, 12 of the yet-to-be-announced loudspeakers, nine KH4, six KS4, 23 KMT12, 13 KR402, 10 KR202 and 60 KH15.
“The Clockenflap organizers are always looking to push the limits of sound, art and music,” states James Mak, sales manager for Sennheiser Hong Kong. “They have big expectations of the equipment. However, we’re always confident when we suggest K-array; they love the flexibility of the Firenze and Concert Series. It allows them to reach their ambitions.”