INTIMACY AND precision were important qualities for the sound on Ray LaMontagne’s Just Passing Through tour, according to front of house engineer Ryan Pickett.
Working with Liverpool-based AdLib, who provided all production for UK dates including London’s Eventim Apollo (cap. 5,050), Manchester’s O2 Apollo (3,500) and Sheffield City Hall (2,250), Pickett deployed a K2 audio system by French manufacturer L-Acoustics selected by AdLib’s production manager Mark Jones.
“It’s such a smooth and ‘musical’ speaker,” says Pickett.
With some of the theatre venues having three balconies, he says his challenge was to get into the far corners of these “elusive” recesses. The average setup featured 10 or 12 x K2 elements flown left and right, with two KS28 subs a side on the ground, together with some Kara and ARCS as front and side fillers primarily for the stalls downstairs.
The stage set by scenic designer Jeremy Roth was based on LaMontagne’s own drawings of a theatre diorama, featuring a muslin drop with a hand-painted proscenium arch.
“It all just blends seamlessly into an artwork emphasising different moods, highlights, colours and textures on the visual canvas,” says Roth.
Four Robe BMFL Spots and four Martin MAC Quantum Washes concealed behind the portal projected custom gobo patterns. Other fixtures on the rig included MAC Aura LED washes, a Claypaky Mythos2 and GLP X4 Bar20s.