The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Queen have graced its stage; artists from Bob Dylan to Blur have released albums recorded within its walls. Now, live music has returned to the legendary Nippon Budokan, as rising J‐pop stars Little Glee Monster recently kicked off their Japanese tour at the iconic Tokyo venue. An Adamson Systems Engineering system supported the ground‐breaking event for the group, the start of their largest arena tour to date. The Budokan was built in 1964 as a martial arts competition space for the Tokyo Summer Olympics. The venue’s octagonal shape can make sound reinforcement difficult, but system engineer Ryuichi Kawakami selected Adamson speakers for their pristine clarity and excellent coverage. Kawakami describes the space’s challenges: “the Budokan is mostly built with wood, and many sections of the octagonal room have pillars and beams, so in the design process you must factor in the reverberation and reflections. The E15 speaker brings out an abundance of information across the whole frequency range, and it’s what makes the tuning so easy for me. I trimmed a few points to smooth out the system, and voilà it’s done.” For this show, 108 Adamson E‐Series and S‐Series cabinets were deployed across the venue in a 270° configuration. Kawakami flew thirty‐two E15 as the main PA, accompanied by twelve E119 subwoofers flown in a column, twelve E15 as outfills, sixteen flown E12 for the 270° design and twelve ground stacked E219 subs for additional floor rumble. Two sets of ground stacked fills were also used, comprised of four S10 and one S119 at each side fill position, as well as three S10 per side for rear coverage and a mixture of S10 and S10p for lip fills.
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