Ellie Goulding calls for Coda

Adlib supplied a Coda Audio sound system to Ellie Goulding on the latest UK leg of her Halcyon Days tour.

FOH engineer Oz Bagnall specified the Coda Audio system. It was the first time that Adlib had worked with Bagnall and also with tour/production manager Derek Fudge. Adlib’s crew was systems engineer George Puttock and stage monitor technician Alan Harrison.

The system comprised 24 Coda LA12, 16 ViRay and 16 SCP-F speaker cabinets, all driven by Coda Audio’s C10 amplifier and DNC260 system processors. The ViRay cabinets were being used as down fill cabinets hung underneath the LA12 cabinets and onstage as infills and out fills.

Puttock ran the SCP-F subwoofers in a left-centre-right configuration to obtain the most even coverage across all the rooms. One of Adlib’s Lake LM26/LM44 rack packages was used for system processing. Bagnall cut the mix using an Avid Profile console.

Bagnall ran all the vocals through Midas XL42 preamp channels, making use of the XL42’s analogue EQ. The signals were then converted into AES using spare input router outputs in the Lake LM26s. The analogue inputs on the LM26 were set to the lowest headroom – allowing for the least quantisation noise and highest SNR for the conversion to digital.

Monitor engineer James Neale chose one of Adlib’s DiGiCo SD7 consoles, while a Sennheiser 2000 series wireless microphone with a DPA d:facto capsule was used for Ellie’s vocal. Sennheiser 3732 – II and 5200 handhelds with 5235 capsules were used for the three backing vocalists. There were no wedges or side fills on stage and the band all used Sennheiser IEM systems – a mixture of Sennheiser 2000 series and G3 systems were used. The radio microphone and IEM’s systems were part supplied by Adlib and the rest owned by Ellie.

For the opening acts, Adlib provided eight of their MP4 low-profile wedges driven by Labgruppen PLM20000Q amplifiers.