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Bassnectar's New Year party powered by L-Acoustics

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Bassnectar's New Year party powered by L-Acoustics

Over 11,000 people packed Nashville's Bridgestone Arena in December 2012 for a New Year party with dubstep musician/producer Lorin Ashton – better known as Bassnectar.

LMG Touring, which supplied sound and video for the artist's New Year's Eve show at the same venue a year earlier, as well as the subsequent 32-date autumn tour, once again provided the technical production elements, including a sizeable L-Acoustics K1 system.

Abandoning last year's end-stage setup for a new in-the-round design, Bassnectar's main PA featured eight hangs of eight K1 enclosures – each with three-KARA downfills – flown in L-R pairs around the arena's central Jumbotron display.

To deliver the LF that one would expect from an artist named Bassnectar, LMG positioned 72 SB28 double-18-inch subs on end around the perimeter of the circular rotating stage and topped them with an evenly spaced total of 16 KUDO cabinets for front-fill.

On stage, Ashton relied on four 115XT HiQ wedges for monitoring, which, like all the other loudspeaker systems, were driven by L-Acoustics' LA-RAK platform.

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"Both Lorin and his sound engineer, Brendan Hoffman, are very passionate about creating shows to be a visceral experience," said Craig Mitchell, national sales manager, LMG Touring. "They want everyone in the audience – from fans down front to those up in the nosebleed seats – to feel the energy and impact of the performance, as opposed to just hearing it.

"With our K1 System anchored by SB28 subs, they definitely delivered. The rig sounded absolutely massive with great definition, beautiful mid-range, and a low end that thumped fans' chests hundreds of feet away. Lorin and Brendan were extremely happy with how the show went and they're already making plans to do it again next year."

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Tags: Live Sound, l-acoustics, k1, nashville, bassnectar, bridgestone arena, lorin ashton, dubstep

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