Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 23rd, 2017. American Lollapalooza festival is now spreading over six different countries. Over the last four years, technical services and sound, lighting, video and stage provider Buenos Aires Live Show (BALS) has been in charge of the overall technical production.
For the festival’s two main stages (Stage 1 and 2), BALS amplified various sound systems using Powersoft K Series models.
Stage 1 had a d&b audiotechnik’s J Series PA system coupled with 36x All Access MTL 221 subwoofers, the latter being powered by 20x Powersoft K10 amplifiers. Headliners such as Metallica, The Strokes and Duran Duran performed on this stage this year in front of an audience of over 200,000 people along with famous EDM artists including Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens to name a few.
Stage 2 featured 12x JBL VT 4889-1 in delay position with six Powersoft K10s and two K8s, six JBLVT4889-1s on side fill with four Powersoft K series amps (3x K10s and 1x K8), and six JBL VT4889s used for front fill and powered by another three Powersoft K10s and one K8.
DiGiCo, Avid, Yamaha and Midas consoles were used for control, according to the requirement of the main each bands sound engineers.
BALS adopted Powersoft as amplification platform for the Vertec system about ten years ago and they haven’t looked back since, since “it is a versatile, reliable and electrically stable amplifier. It also takes little space, sounds good and allows you to work with circuits from several components per channel (up to 2 ohms without any problem) which in big loads of equipment translates into great space and consumption savings”.
“At BALS, we are often deploying a similar amount of AV equipment to the one seen in Lollapalooza and we always get good performance from the Powersoft amplifiers. In fact, a couple of weeks later, we were at the Maximus Festival with 44x K10 and eight K8 amplifiers. Ten metal bands performed continuously for almost 10 hours, and despite the intensive use, we had no issues at all”, explained BALS technicians.
Equaphon, Powersoft distributor in Argentina and Uruguay, was on hand for continuous support during the event production: “They are always here to support all kind of products, always on hand when we call them, at any time of the day and night. For us, this is extremely valuable since we are always in action and usually don’t follow normal working hours!”, commented one of BALS technicians, Hernán Nupieri, in charge of Stage 1.