Entec Live extends partnership with d&b audiotechnik

d&b’s Adam Broom (left) with Dan Scantlebury

Entec Live extended its partnership with d&b audiotechnik by making an investment in its large format three-way GSL line array system.

Entec Head of Sound, Dan Scantlebury authorised the purchase of a system to complement their existing, smaller footprint KSL system.  They have boosted their hire fleet with the addition of 32 GSL8 enclosures and eight GSL12, while at the same time adding a further 14 SL Subwoofers. Completing the purchase is an additional 28 D80s, taking their inventory of these powerful four-channel amplifiers into the hundreds.

The new system was shipped out to join Editors’ European tour. It will also be utilised on The Other Stage at Glastonbury in July, where Entec Live made their debut in 2023, and the following month at Silverstone, for the British Grand Prix.

Scantlebury also sensed that it would increase the company’s options when it came to deployment. “GSL complements what we already own, so we can use it as one large system, for the largest arenas or split it into several small stages.” It will also partner with KSL, which can be deployed for outfill and delay hang duties alongside its bigger brother, he said.

Furthermore, it will increase Entec Live’s potential. “Whereas previously we would win contracts based purely on our reputation, now we also have a box that everyone wants,” Scantlebury said.

The partnership between Entec and d&b audiotechnik dates back to a 1995 multi-manufacturer shoot out arranged by Dick Hayes, recently appointed Head of Sound, and, as quoted after the event: “As soon as we turned on the d&b, we knew it was the perfect solution for us.” The C4 System was soon earning its keep, fulfilling the exacting performance standards and financial returns expected by CFO Barbara Pendleton.

Dan Scantlebury himself has been using d&b sound systems for at least 15 years:  “Personally, I have always thought they had the best sounding boxes out there. The d&b software is second to none in terms of designing the PA in advance and it’s quick to optimise the system – you always know what you will get.”

“Entec Live has invested systematically over the past 30 years, and particularly heavily this year. It’s been rewarding to have seen the continual development of the company in the 10 years I’ve been at d&b, and I am proud to be part of our long-lasting relationship datingback to the days of Mr Hayes,” Richard McLean, d&b audiotechnik Commercial Manager UK, added.

“The introduction of the d&b SL-Series has provided d&b with a portfolio of scalable line arrays, all offering sound reinforcement systems with full bandwidth horizontal pattern control, and with offsite sound emissions now becoming a real talking point, Entec will now be at the table for those conversations,” he continued. “They are among the few companies who really understand the core values of d&b and were one of the early adopters of both the SL-Series and our flagship D80 amplifier. It would be easy for a company steeped in such a tradition to stand still, but representing the brand the way they do shows the gravitas and forward thinking they bring. Their support has been constant—it’s a great relationship that has been mutually beneficial.”

“As a result of this strategic development we now look forward to working even more closely with d&b on projects in the future,” Scantlebury concluded.