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Sound Image Deploys VUE al-12 / al-8 Hybrid Array for Kansas in Arizona

Kansas has a crowded touring schedule for 2017, with back-to-back dates through year end in celebration of their four decades together. Recently the Leftovature 40th Anniversary Tour landed at the Chandler Center for the Arts, just outside of Phoenix Arizona, where the band’s long-time FOH engineer, Chad Singer, took his first spin behind the wheel of a VUE al-Class line array.

The Sound Image-supplied system took full advantage of VUE’s Continuous Source Topology (CST), which allows different VUE al-Class array elements to be seamlessly combined for optimal coverage and reduced weight without the disruptions associated with more conventional mixed element arrays. For the Arizona stop, left and right CST clusters included eight, large-format al-12 boxes above two medium format al-8 boxes providing downfill. A total of 19 VUEDrive systems engines delivered power and processing for the arrays, while the sophisticated on-board DSP ensured a easy setup.

“This is the first PA that hasn’t required any adjustment at the high end,” commented Chad Singer, Production Manager and Front of House Engineer for Kansas. “I generally have to pull back the 3.5-4k range, but that simply wasn’t necessary with the VUE system. Maybe it’s the beryllium, but this was easily one of the most transparent and efficient systems I’ve used. Even when I leaned into it, the delivery remained totally consistent and smooth. I’m really impressed.”

Dean Hannula, who has served as the Chandler Center’s Sr. Production coordinator since 1997, had been eager to hear the flagship VUE al-12 since first auditioning the medium-format al-8 array with Tower of Power in 2016.

“It’s a stellar-sounding rig” Hannula remarked. “I’ve had all types of touring rigs in the hall; but there’s something about the Vue Line Arrays. The beryllium drivers sound very smooth and transparent as you walk from left to right. I love the way that the al-12’s sound so even and balanced no matter if at lower volumes or at higher SPL’s.”

For low frequency support, Sound Image matched the array with 12 VUE hs-28 dual 18-inch ACM subwoofers spanning the front of the stage in six stacks of two front-firing cabinets each. Atop each stack, a single al-4 subcompact line array element provided additional front fill while maintaining absolute sonic consistency with the CST hybrid arrays hanging above.

“The VUE subs were just fantastic, with tons of output for their size,” concluded Hannula. “They are really the perfect match for the line array – tight, punchy and plenty of horsepower when you lean in. In all, the whole system – from the combo arrays to the subs – was easy and incredibly capable.”

The Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour turns east this months with seven stops up and down the Atlantic coast before continuing on to international shores. For ticket information visit www.kansasband.com.

Maybe it’s the beryllium, but this was easily one of the most transparent and efficient systems I’ve used. Even when I leaned into it, the delivery remained totally consistent and smooth. I’m really impressed. 

Chad Singer, Production Manager and Front of House Engineer for Kansas.

Chad Singer, Production Manager and Front of House Engineer for Kansas


Kansas on Stage Image 2946 with VUE al-12 System 960 px Wide
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Kansas on Stage Image 2946 with VUE al-12 System 960 px Wide
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Kansas on Stage Image 2961with VUE al-12 System 960 px Wide
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Kansas on Stage Image 2961with VUE al-12 System 2,000 px Wide
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FOH Console VIEW of Kansas with VUE al-12 System 960 px Wide
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FOH Console VIEW of Kansas with VUE al-12 System 2,800 px Wide
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Chad Singer, Production Manager and
Front of House Engineer for Kansas 9o0 px Wide
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End of show Kansas on Stage with VUE al-12 System 960 px Wide
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End of show Kansas on Stage with VUE al-12 System 1,920 px Wide
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Dean Hannula, Senior Production Coordinator for the Chandler Center for the arts talks about the VUE al-12 Acoustic Linearity line array system after the Kansas Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour show in Chandler, AZ on April 23, 2017 with an al-12 system supplied by Sound Image.


Video: Chad Singer, Production Manager and Front of House Engineer for Kansas talks about his first gig with VUE’s new al-12 large format CST Line Array System and hs-221 Infrasonic Dual 21-inch ACM Subwoofer


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