Having started as a relatively small event in 2005, Tomorrowland Festival in Belgium has grown every year to become one of the biggest events of its kind in the world, with over 80,000 dance music fans spending three days on the dancefloor with acts like Skrillex, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Carl Cox, The Bloody Beetroots, Paul van Dyk, Fatboy Slim and Pendulum.
With so many music fans expecting to hear those thumping, crystal clear beats, you have to make sure that you know what every loudspeaker is doing, and at Tomorrowland 2012, it was Lake’s LM Series that helped provide that superior sound quality and processing ability required.
Sound production company Noiz Boyz from the south of Holland are specialists in the field of electronic dance music, having worked on some of the biggest tours and events in that genre during their history. It’s a company philosophy to constantly strive to give Noiz Boyz’s customers and their audiences the best sound possible, so when Tomorrowland came up on the calendar, they knew that Lake’s LM Series had to be in the mix.
Bas Rijsdijk, who together with Emil Jongmans owns Noiz Boyz, said: “Because we needed a lot of outputs we choose to use Lake LM 26 digital audio system processors. We needed the outputs because of the restrictions from the town community. Once the LM 26s were plugged into the system, we were able to control every sub stack and every line-array.”
For those line arrays and sub stacks, Noiz Boyz rented an L-Acoustics system from Phlippo Showlights in Belgium, according to the requirement of the festival organisers. Across the different stages, they used more than 96 K1 boxes, 102 SB28 and 64 SB218 subwoofers, 56 V-DOSC and 72 KARA boxes. While it was powered by LA8 amplifiers, it was up to the LM 26s to provide the processing required to make the event such a success.
The LM 26 provides a two input/six output analog configuration that is ideally suited for multi-way loudspeaker crossover, delay and EQ functions. Two LM 26 units may be stacked and linked to function seamlessly as a single 4 × 12 processor, making it the perfect fit for Noiz Boyz and Tomorrowland.
“Another reason for using the LM Series was that these devices are fast, easy to use and that they a really good sound,” commented Bas. “On top of that, Lake is a highly respected brand with guest engineers. What’s great about the Lake processors is that you have all the units on one screen via the Lake Controller software, so it makes it much easier and faster to work with than other processors.
“The reaction from the organisers of the festival really underlines why we used Lake’s LM Series. Put simply, they said it was the best sound they had ever had.”
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