Adlib in La La Land

Adlib’s audio department supplied an L-Acoustics KARA sound system to Damien Chazelle’s award-winning movie La La Land tour, accompanied by a 51 piece orchestra who played the score live.

Adlib worked with Senbla’s Production Manager Harvey Leslie and Producer Kitty Stafford-Clark, alongside a 4-man strong crew led by System Technician Alan Harrison. Laurie Binns and Steph Fleming looked after the patch with Monitor Engineer Max Taylor and FOH Engineer, Arne Bock.

The 2 main PA hangs comprised 12 KARA, with 4 ARCS II a-side for infills and outfills, plus 4 KARA for stage lip fills and 2 KS28 subs per side. The DiGiCo SD10 FOH console allowed extra dialogue to the front half of the audience to counter the acoustic sound of the orchestra, with a system powered by L-Acoustics LA12X amplifiers, complete with a standard Adlib Lake processing, EQ and system management.

Almost 4 new Adlin AAFD3P mid-highs made up the side fills running in conjunction with AA215HLv2 subs, conductor David Mahoney utilised a self-powered hot-spot style personal monitor.

All the other monitoring was achieved using hard-wired IEMs and Adlib’s custom headphone split system, which allowed the provision of independent level-controlled mix to each member of the orchestra, apart from the percussion, pianists and jazz trio who had their own IEM mixes. DPA 4099s, DPA 4011s and Neumann KM184s microphones were used during the tour.

Adlib Account Manager Phil Kielty concluded: “As a lot of us are movie geeks, it was a real thrill for us to work with Harvey, Kitty and all at Senbla again, who are as passionate about their productions as we are! Presenting this type of entertainment is now becoming a well-oiled process for us and we are extremely excited to be involved at the heart of a new & ground-breaking live entertainment concept”.