Charlie Puth hasn’t had much downtime since the release of his debut album, Nine Track Mind, in early 2016. The breakout pop singer hit a number of major markets for the first time on his most recent North American tour alongside Shawn Mendes, and thanks in part to Adamson Systems Engineering’s E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers, left a great first impression.
The tour marked FOH engineer Liam Clifford’s first outing with an Adamson system, and he was quite impressed.
“I loved the vocal clarity in the E-Series more so than any other box I’ve mixed on. That’s the most important thing to me, especially when mixing a pop artist,” comments Clifford. “The other big plus is the amount of headroom we had. FOH was often between 140 and 160 ft. from the PA every day due to a B-stage located where FOH would typically go. Even at this distance, it felt like the PA was right in front of me.”
The typical configuration on the trek, which hit major arenas in 28 cities in the U.S. and Canada, had main hangs of 15 Adamson E15 three-way, true line source enclosures and three E12 three-way, full range enclosures per side. The complementing left and right sub hangs were each comprised of eight E119 subwoofers. Also in the air were a pair of side hangs comprised of 12 E15s and three E12s each.
“The single 19-in. subs were new to me, though I really liked the way they coupled with the E15s,” Clifford adds about the E119s. “I had a great low-end response and even coverage from front to back without slamming the first couple of rows with low end.”
Puth’s quick rise to stardom started with his featured spot on Wiz Khalifa’s 2015 single “See You Again.” His debut LP, released in early 2016, propelled him even further up the pop charts with mega-singles “Marvin Gaye,” “One Call Away,” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore” featuring Selena Gomez. His upcoming album, Voicenotes, features the already-successful singles “Attention” and “How Long.”
“We made a great impression on this tour, and a lot of that had to do with the great sound and support we received from Adamson,” concludes Clifford. “I couldn’t have been happier with the system or the results.”
PHOTO: FOH Engineer Liam Clifford