Audio engineer Kevin Madigan aimed for acoustic intimacy in often challenging venues when Lana Del Rey embarked on her Lust for Life tour.
Although he designed a system emphasising the singer’s vocal performance, he deployed an L-Acoustics K1 system with a large number of bass subs to compensate for audio reflection at venues including USA’s United Center (23,500), Chicago, and Mandalay Bay Events Center (12,000), Las Vegas, plus Canada’s Air Canada Centre (19,800), Toronto.
“The show is all about the songs and her voice,” says Madigan. “L-Acoustics and I came up with a system that allowed us to maintain the intimacy in a large arena show. The linear reproduction of sound helps people feel as if they’re close up. The sound is consistent to the highest seats in the arena.
“We’re using K1 for the main hangs, with K2 for down-fills and out-fills, and there are some K1-SB in there as well. Eight K1-SB are flown outside of the main hangs. In addition, 18 SB28 subs are ground-stacked in groups of three across the stage in a cardioid configuration, mainly used to cancel sound on the stage itself.”
Madigan uses a DiGiCo SD5 console, while Lana Del Rey tours venues including Germany’s Mercedes-Benz Arena (17,000), Berlin, Belgium’s Sportpaleis (23,350), Antwerp, and Spain’s Palau Sant Jordi (17,000), Barcelona, later this year.