Axel Bosse or just Bosse, as he and his backing band are more commonly known in his native Germany, has enjoyed more than a decade of success, storming the charts with hit albums and guaranteeing full houses across the country. The remarkable consistency of his career was evident again on his recent sellout ‘Sunnyside Live’ tour, which was met with huge enthusiasm in concert halls and clubs by thousands of fans.
Kassel-based event service provider AMBION was responsible for the entire tour production, and its team, led by system tech Michael ‘Miwe’ Wengerter, relied on an extensive CODA Audio sound system. The size and nature of the venues varied during the tour – from medium-sized clubs to very large halls, so flexibility was an important criteria in determining the best components to meet the challenges.
AMBION carried a system based on CODA’s flagship AiRAY system with 2 x 16 units as the main hang, supplemented by an outhang of 2 x 8 ViRAY and 6 x N-APS as frontfill. A total of 16 x SCP-F subs completed the picture. Driven by 6 x CODA Audio LINUS14D amplifiers per side and 6 x LINUS10 amplifiers for the subs and near field, the system worked excellently according to Michael Wengerter: “As with every tour it’s a matter of getting in and out quickly and delivering the best possible sound for the audience. We succeeded in doing that and everyone, from the performers and crew to the concertgoers, was happy with the sound.”
As well as the audio quality, other factors are increasingly important on a modern tour. Efficiency, the size of loudspeaker units, available truck space and energy consumption all play a huge part in calculations the production company’s calculations. Wentgerter continues: “CODA Audio is way, way ahead. They get incredible sound out of small speakers – no other company can keep up. We were so happy on this tour to be using equipment that is so light and compact. It takes up far less truck space, which given soaring fuel costs these days is a crucial money-saving advantage. Also, because AiRAY is actively operated in two-way mode it requires fewer amplifiers, meaning that the effective power requirement for the rig is also very limited.”
AMBION began using CODA Audio systems more than ten years ago, and since its first investment in the brand has regularly added the latest ranges to its inventory, often being involved in beta testing of new product in ‘real-life’ situations and providing useful data back to the manufacturer. CODA Audio Deutschland’s Managing Director Ton Groen comments: “AMBION’s vast experience and expertise in the sector spans thirty years, so we’re delighted and very proud to see them place CODA at the heart of so many high profile events. The Bosse tour was another great success and took full advantage of the compact, powerful, and flexible nature of our systems.”