Five Finger Death Punch Tours With Adamson
Sound Image provides E15 and E12 arrays with E218 subwoofers for US summer tour


The 5FDP team (L to R) Tony Silipigno, audio tech; Bill Price, systems tech; Bruce Reiter, front of house engineer; Paul Weber, monitors and Tarik Kahn, audio tech. (Credit: Harry Reese)

ESCONDIDO, CA Adamson sound reinforcement loudspeakers were of choice for heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP) during this summer’s U.S. tour.

This is the second year that they have opted for the Adamson PA provided by Escondido, California-based Sound Image.

The group co-headlined with Papa Roach and special guests In This Moment and From Ashes To New.

The tour played sold out arenas across the United States. Sound Image provided stacks and racks for the tour including 48 Adamson E15, 12 E12 line source enclosures and 24 E218 subwoofers.

Bruce Reiter, 5FDP front of house engineer and production manager for the tour, was instrumental in choosing the Adamson PA. After the success of last summer’s run, tapping Sound Image and the Adamson PA for the 2015 tour was a no-brainer.

“It is just about the same rig as last year except that it is powered by Lab.gruppen amplifiers – which are recommended by Adamson and really made a big difference,” explains Reiter. “With the entire rig going at full tilt – 50 amps per leg – it sounds fantastic and the system is just humming along.”

The normal PA setup consisted of left-right arrays made up of twelve E15s followed by four E12s. Outfill was covered by two more arrays, this time each consisted of eight E15s with two E12s on the bottom.

Both the Adamson E15 and E12 are 3-way line source enclosures. The E15 is loaded with two 7-inch Kevlar Neodymium midrange transducers paired with two 4-inch high frequency compression drivers while the E12 features a single 7-inch Kevlar Neodymium midrange transducers paired with a 4-inch high frequency compression driver.

Two 15-inch (E15) or two 12-inch (E12) proprietary Kevlar Neodymium woofers add to the low end. The result is seamless mid-high energy with minimal distortion at very high SPL levels and substantial low end for most applications. A heavy metal band like FFDP needed a bit more low end, so Reiter had 20 E218 subwoofers flown, 10 per side, behind the line arrays, to keep the fans happy.

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