Phil Gornell and Adlib handling Bring Me The Horizon tour

Adlib is supplying audio equipment for Bring Me The Horizon’s (BMTH) current ‘Sempiternal’ tour, with engineer Phil Gornell at front of house.

The Liverpool-based rental specialist has provided a Midas PRO2 console, outboard FX, Adlib FD2 side fills and a mics-and-stands audio package for the ongoing European leg. A full L-Acoustics racks-and-stacks system was also added for the recent sold out gigs at Brixton Academy in London – a venue that is notoriously tough to get right, Gornell says.

For this gig, the team decided to fly a sub-heavy L-Acoustics V-DOSC system consisting of 9 x V-DOSC speakers a side with 3 x dV-DOSC under-hangs left and right, ARCS outfills and dV foot fills, along with six SB28s subs a side, all processed via a standard Adlib rack equipped with Lake LM44s and LM26s. The system was powered by LA8 amplified controllers, and engineered by Adlib’s Kenny Perrin.

Kenny had it “up and singing like a champ in no time,” according to Gornell, adding that the system easily threw to the back of the venue, covering the large balcony: “There’s some wild acoustics through that room so keeping a tight, consistent low end is essential,” he said.

With no patch system or tech, Gornell and monitor engineer Oli Hutchinson also had to pick up any slack at their respective ends, but having Adlib’s stage and line system on board meant they were able to get support bands up and running in ten minutes without having to un-patch anything from BMTH’s set up.

The Midas PRO2 was spec’d complete with DL251 stage box for the tour. Gornell’s first experience of the PRO2 came last year, when he was impressed by the punch and clarity it offered: “The preamps are fantastic, the EQ is musical and the GUI makes it so easy to navigate,” he commented.

The engineer has worked with the Sheffield rock band for five years, in which time the group’s live productions have grown at a similar rate to their dedicated fan base. Gornell’s first few years with Bring Me The Horizon included numerous club tours on what can be described as the European ‘toilet circuit’, but playing low-capacity venues is now a thing of the past for BMTH.

Adlib’s account manager Phil Kielty added: “Watching any band evolve is exciting but seeing Bring Me The Horizon up their game and take their live show to seriously other levels of energy, has been totally amazing. Phil Gornell is an exceptional young sound engineer and they have a great team around them with a hugely loyal fanbase.”

Gornell is also a studio engineer, working out of Steel City Studio in Sheffield, and has contributed a number of articles to Audio Pro International. Click here to check them out.

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