Sound Image Deploys VUE al-12/al-8 Hybrid Array for Kansas in Arizona

PHOENIX, Arizona — Kansas has a crowded touring schedule for 2017, with back-to-back dates through year-end in celebration of the band’s four decades together. Recently the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour landed at the Chandler Center for the Arts, just outside of Phoenix, where the band’s long-time FOH engineer, Chad Singer, took his first spin behind the wheel of a VUE al-Class line array supplied by Sound Image.

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The Sound Image-supplied system took full advantage of VUE’s Continuous Source Topology (CST), which allows different VUE al-Class array elements to be seamlessly combined for optimal coverage and reduced weight without the disruptions associated with more conventional mixed element arrays. For the Arizona stop, left and right CST clusters included eight, large-format al-12 boxes above two medium format al-8 boxes providing downfill. A total of 19 VUEDrive systems engines delivered power and processing for the arrays, while the sophisticated on-board DSP ensured a easy setup.

“This is the first PA that hasn’t required any adjustment at the high end,” commented Chad Singer, Production Manager and Front of House Engineer for Kansas. “I generally have to pull back the 3.5-4k range, but that simply wasn’t necessary with the VUE system. Maybe it’s the beryllium, but this was easily one of the most transparent and efficient systems I’ve used. Even when I leaned into it, the delivery remained totally consistent and smooth. I’m really impressed.”

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