The announcement follows the recent purchase of a further 48 over 32 system to extend the company's L-Acoustics inventory.
Florent Bernard from L-Acoustics arrived a week before the Elton John tour began to conduct the training on the new system at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg, and then travelled to Cape Town to make sure the system was set up correctly for the first Elton John show at the Newlands Cricket Ground.
The Gearhouse set-up for Elton John in Newlands is now the biggest line array PA ever used in South Africa. Main left and right was 12 a side V-DOSC with 2 dV-DOSC downfills and 6 a side KUDO as outer hangs. Delays were on Gearhouse’s TFL V-Towers with 9 KUDO on each and outer delays, also on towers, of 9 dV-DOSC a side. An additional 4 dV-DOSC were deployed as front fills completing the magnificent PA.
Ofer Lapid, MD of Gearhouse, heard the new PA for the first time in CT. Speaking at the show he said "even as a lighting guy I know when I hear excellent sound because the hairs on my arms stand on end. This is what happened when I heard the V-DOSC at Newlands. I am very happy with the purchase".Article continues below
The Elton John crew then moved to Durban for another outdoor show at the ABSA stadium. Here the PA was the same as for CT but without the requirement for the outer delays. The stadium has a notoriously difficult east stand which is very high and difficult to hit from the field. According to Revil "this is the first time we have covered the upper stand properly, I was very happy with the coverage and amazed at the amount of bottom end we achieved".