Angus and Julia Stone: Royal Albert Hall

Photo courtesy of James Adams

Project Description

Australian-born brother and sister duo Angus and Julia Stone impressed the indie folk world with their debut 2006 album, A Book Like This. Their 2010 follow up Down the Way sealed their presence at the top of the charts, winning five ARIA Music Awards: Album of the Year, Best Adult Alternative Album, Best Cover Art and Producer of the Year, and Single of the Year for “Big Jet Plane.” 2018 has seen the duo touring the world in support of their latest release, “Snow.”;

UK and European production supplier for the Stones, Britannia Row Productions, were engaged to install L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology at the Royal Albert Hall for the Classic Brits in June close to the date Angus and Julia Stone show. Knowing that FOH engineer Adam Rhodes has extensive experience with multiple stem mixing for films, they felt the technology would be a great fit – Adam agreed and the decision was made to use L-ISA for the RAH performance.

Sound Design Solution

A classic design would use a left/right configuration of 14 K2 with two K1-SB per side, augmented by a centrally-flown hang of eight KS28 subwoofers. An L-ISA design for the Angus and Julie Stone performance consisted of a Scene system of five hangs of 15 Kara each, spaced above the performance zone, providing separation and localization. One flown array of four KS28 subwoofers was placed in front of the center Kara hang, and a fill system of two arrays of 10 Kara was flown left/right and a fill system of 10 X8 coaxials was distributed along the stage lip. The whole system was driven by a total of 27 LA12X Amplified Controllers

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Technical Information

TypeTheatre
Venue45m deep x 55m wide
Stage12m wide front x 25m wide rear x 0.95m high
FOH23m from D.S.E.

Constraints

Min trim height10m (from stage)

Sound Design Target

Program typeFolk and indie pop
Program type>= 105 dBA
SPL distribution6 – 9 dB
Frequency contour6 dB (@ 100hz)
Frequency contour8 dB (@ 40hz)

L/R Coverage

Strong Imaging

Weak Imaging

L-ISA Coverage

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“The whole concept of immersive audio is fun and exciting. We’ve had massive advancements in lighting technology over the last 10-15 years. It’s so good to see a new step forward in audio presentation. I don’t listen to a stereo anymore at home, I listen to the surround sound system and now, hopefully, I can do the same thing in my working environment. This is game changing.”

— Adam Rhodes, sound engineer for Angus and Julia Stone