Metal Fans powered by Lab.gruppen

AUTHOR: Inavate

The Bang Your Head Festival in Germany is a prominent Heavy Metal event that attracts 15,000 fans for three days and nights. Prolite Event, a German rental company has worked on the festival for many years and, this year, chose HK Audio-based FOH and monitoring systems powered with Lab.gruppen FP+ Series amplifiers.

The festival celebrated its 15th anniversary this year in Swabian Balingen in the south west of Germany. More than 30 metal bands performed, amongst them were Queensryche, Twisted Sister and Hammerfall.

Prolite’s main task has been to run the indoor stage in the 2,500 capacity Volksbank Messehalle on the festival ground. This year, Saxon, Demon, Dark Tranquility and Destruction headlined the indoor stage.

The company’s HK Audio-based FOH and monitoring systems were completely powered with Lab.gruppen FP+ Series amplifiers, with some new FP 14000 amplifiers making their debut powering the subwoofers and sub-lows.

Frank Pfister, managing director of Prolite Event GmbH commented, “We are very convinced of the quality and performance of our Lab.gruppen power amplifiers and these days, almost exclusively, use FP 10000Q and FP 6000Q amplifiers. However, we recently tested FP 14000 models for our subwoofers and the result was clearly audible: more power, more low-end punch and headroom for the subs. We then equipped all our main PA amp racks with FP 14000s for the subs, with mid/high units and monitors still being powered by FP 6000Q and FP 10000Q. The FP 14000 amps now power up to four HK Audio CT 118 subwoofers (1000W RMS / 8 ohms) per channel and despite the fact that they run at 2 ohms they deliver an outstanding performance. It is clearly noticeable that this amp has been designed especially for subs.”

As a Main PA, Prolite employed an HK Audio ConTour Array with a total of 12 CTA 208 2×8”/4×1” Mid/High units, 16 CT 118 1×18” Subwoofers plus four additional 2×18” sub-lows. Front fills and stage monitoring consisted of HK AUDIO ConTour Series CT 112 12”/1.4” bi-functional cabinets and SM 212 2×12”/2” wedges.