Touring and concerts

d&b SL-Series delivers as All Together Now Festival comes to life.

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Nestled within the capacious surroundings of Curraghmore House in County Waterford, Ireland, the summer’s inaugural All Together Now festival brought together a diverse line-up of musical, spoken word and comedic talent. From Underworld and Chaka Khan to Will Self and Suggs, the sun-baked weekend performances were delivered by no fewer than ten d&b audiotechnik systems – including a flagship GSL System in the main arena.

The raft of d&b across the festival site was supplied by Dublin’s Session Hire, charged with handling the full gamut of audio and visual requirements at the event. The company has a long-standing relationship with ATN organisers POD Concerts, as Session Hire sales director (and Eddie’s son) Adam Ashe Browne explains...

Even at high SPLs the SL-Series never seems under pressure, never loses stability or clarity. And everyone was stunned by the cardioid pattern of the system and how well-controlled it is, even in the low frequencies. There’s a fantastic punch and focus to the sound as a result.Will Fitzpatrick, System tech

“We’ve been working with POD for years and they always put a huge emphasis on delivering the best audio experience for visitors,” he says. “We were delighted when we were approached to take on the array of stages for All Together Now. It was very exciting to be involved in the first festival, shaping the way the event sounded right from the start.

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“Every stage featured a d&b system, from compact T-Series and Y-Series in smaller venues to the GSL System on the main stage, where we had to deliver coverage 50m wide and 100m deep. The feedback we’ve had since the event has been incredibly positive.”

System tech Will Fitzpatrick added, “Even at high SPLs the SL-Series never seems under pressure, never loses stability or clarity. And everyone was stunned by the cardioid pattern of the system and how well-controlled it is, even in the low frequencies. There’s a fantastic punch and focus to the sound as a result.”

In addition to the sonic performance of the SL-Series, Fitzpatrick is quick to point to the workflow of the system as another of its highlights, particularly when delivering multiple acts over a festival weekend. “The GSL arrived from Wigwam via Session Hire and we had it from truck to flown incredibly quickly,” he says. “The workflow is a huge plus for me - d&b’s ArrayCalc simulation and R1 Remote control software is fantastic to use and the array processing algorithms work so well that it really simplified the process of delivering even, consistent coverage throughout the arena. Having your various AP slots, where you can redirect power exactly where you need it, gives amazing control over the system. It was the perfect choice for All Together Now.”