AUDIO ENGINEER Hassane Es Siahi took a sloping floor and a “hammock-style” marquee roof into consideration when he installed the main stage sound system at the 70,000-capacity Creamfields.
Known as CF03 or the Armada Mega stage, the attraction hosted artistes including Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond and Vini Vici. Es Siahi had to project the bass frequencies across a 75 metre auditorium, while ensuring the reflecting surfaces of the roof did not mar the sound.
“It was essential to get the subs physically high enough to create a big wave of low frequencies at the front that self-propels down the length of the room,” he says.
Es Siahi’s main PA comprised a 12 unit per side L-Acoustics K2 system provided by Liverpool-based Adlib, with 32 new L-Acoustics KS28 high power subs, all in cardioids (heart-shaped) mode.
He specified a “classic” DJ monitor set up with two L-Acoustics SB18s per side and three KARAs sitting on top, mixed by Adlib’s Matt Gadsby using a Soundcraft Vi1.
“What the DJ is playing changes second-by-second,” says Es Siahi. “It’s a completely dynamic audio space, like any musical instrument: the engineers have to listen properly to how they are playing it.”
He used a “straightforward and simple” Soundcraft Vi600 console, and an LA Network Manager to help tune and EQ the system.