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Hillsong gears up for Sydney Conference

Hillsong gears up for Sydney Conference
The Hillsong Sydney Conference 2018 setup

Hillsong gears up for Sydney Conference

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Hillsong Church is gearing up for its annual Sydney Conference in Qudos Bank Arena in July and has engaged with Adamson’s Australian distributor, CMI Audio, to import a large amount of E12 concert line array systems and amplifiers. The event will be staged in-the-round and requires more E12 systems than are currently available in Australia.

The megachurch relies on Adamson loudspeakers at many of its campuses, including Baulkham Hills, which is home to E12 line arrays, and employed some of the Canadian manufacturer’s solutions for last year’s Hillsong and Colour Conferences in Sydney.

‘The vocal clarity of Adamson systems is ridiculously good,’ said Justin Arthur, systems engineer for Hillsong Conference. ‘The result we got at the conference in 2018 with Adamson was excellent. We were very pleased with the coverage, and the system performed exactly as it was predicted to. The clarity of both speech and music was much better than we have experienced previously.’

Hillsong Sydney Conference 2018
Hillsong Sydney Conference 2018

Arthur has designed the audio setups for the Hillsong Conference for six years and has developed a good understanding of the Qudos Bank Arena’s acoustics. The new challenge it faces this year is to ensure 360° coverage when the stage is located in the middle of the venue.

‘The design isn’t finalised at the moment,’ he noted, ‘but we’re working towards a completely symmetrical system with eight hangs of 16 elements of E Series, with a round LED screen hung below the arrays. I’m anticipating six hangs of eight Adamson S10 elements under that to fill the floor area, with S10n for side-fill. The subwoofer clusters will be four hangs of nine E119s, run as front-back-front cardioid, hung as central as I can get them before their coverage overlaps. Other Adamson loudspeaker models will be used for front-fills and delays as necessary. We anticipate using up to 240 Adamson speaker elements in total.’

Hillsong relies on Adamson for its mid-range clarity and depth. ‘The spoken word is the most important element at the conference, and Adamson PA has proven it delivers the word better than systems we’ve used previously,’ Arthur explained. ‘Adamson has what the mix engineers really need: mid-range clarity, and added depth. A lot of the musical arrangements are really complex – there’s electric and acoustic guitars, tracks, synths, keys, and then eight or 12 vocals over the top. What we’ve found is that the amount of complexity can get messy in some PAs, but Adamson brings it together much better than the others.’



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