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Line Array

The use of line array speaker systems have shaped the sound of stages and festivals around the world since the late 1980s when they first commercially appeared.

Always identifiable by their multi-piece curved structure, they are an imposing sight when in the classic flown configuration from a tower or rigging and have become a symbol to many that you’re at a serious live event.

The primary function of a line array is to focus the output sound into a very narrow pattern to avoid the wasted sound energy that comes from using standard speakers.

An array is constructed of identical loudspeaker units mounted in a row and fed in-phase to create a singular line source. Used vertically, they give a narrow and defined output with a wide horizontal spread, which is perfect for arenas as it gets the sound across the audience rather than up into the ceiling or the open air.

Ground Stack Line Array

When height or lack of rigging doesn’t permit the array to be suspended, they will typically be stacked on top of the stage mounted subwoofer units or on the stage itself using a custom framework.

The stacking of array systems is common and convenient for smaller venues, and they require less vertical dispersion to cover the audience space, which results in the stack being near straight rather than the curve of a flown system.

Array units are generally trapezoidal in design, and feature multiple mounting points for stacking or flying, with units such as the Amate Nitid range featuring built in rigging framework with locking and angle adjustment, negating the need for additional framing systems.

Like all sound systems, the level of capability, features and design specifics change from brand to brand and at different cost levels. We are pleased to offer our customers a selection from RCF, Moose Sound, Odin Audio Systems, and are the UK distributor for Amate Audio.

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