RAMMSTEIN’S FIRST stadium tour needs an audio system which takes the widely varying conditions at each venue into account, according to SSE Hire crew chief Nick Pain.
Calling at venues including Estonia’s Song Festival Grounds (cap. 75,000) in Tallin, Austria’s Wörthersee Stadion (32,000) in Klagenfurt and Denmark’s Ullevi Stadium (40,000) in Gothenburg, the system needs to be refined to meet the range of capacities and unique challenges of each space.
“The scale of everything on this tour is bigger than most stadium tours, from the size of the stage to the number of speakers and amplifiers we use on a daily basis,” says Pain. “One of the band’s main concerns on this tour was audio quality. Good system design and a suitable number of cabinets ensured that we could provide high quality audio in every seat of every venue we visited.”
The two main PA hangs comprise 18 K1 and four K2 down units by L-Acoustics on each side, with four delay towers of 16 K1 and four K2 each.
The eight roof delay hangs each use 12 K2 and the front fills are made up of 16 Kara and 16 ARCS II cabinets. Two hangs of 20 K1-SB are flown, along with another 68 ground stacked KS28 subwoofers, to provide the rumble and thunder required by the band. Front-of-House (FOH) and monitor consoles are Avid S6L.