Doug Fowler, of Fowler Audio Service (St. Louis), was recently hired by the Dutch pop orchestra to handle system engineering for the U.S. portion of the tour. In addition to Fowler, the audio team consisted of RenÃ¨ Scholing, Production Factory (Arnhem, NL) serving as production manager, Wilfrid Evenblij and Ron Peeters of Da Capo Orchestral Audio (Utrecht, NL) mixing front of house and monitors, respectively. Tour support was provided by Logic Systems Sound and Lighting, Saint Louis.
For the 1,700-seat Detroit Music Hall, Fowler chose 24 NEXO Alpha M3/B1s as the main speaker system provided by Thunder Audio of Detroit. Using Logic System's NEXO PS8s for front and outfills on all the dates, the rig also consisted of four NEXO CD18 cardioid subs and NEXO 242 controllers.
“I knew a 2-wide hang of Alpha M3/B1 would provide nominally 70 degrees of horizontal coverage, and we didn't need the wider coverage most line arrays would provide,” states Fowler. “Both Wilfrid and I have used Alpha enough in the past to know what it can do, and that it would accurately reproduce the orchestra.”
Fowler said that having a world-class company like Thunder Audio as the system provider for the Detroit date also made the NEXO decision easy. “The system did not disappoint,” he adds. “It was great fun using a traditional system rather than a line array. I had almost (but not quite) forgotten how capable the better point and shoot systems are!"
For more information on NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.
For more information on Fowler Audio Service, visit www.fowleraudio.com.
For more information on Logic Systems, visit www.logicsound.com.
For more information on Thunder Audio, visit http://www.thunderaudioinc.com.
For more information on The Production Factory, visit www.profac.nl.
For more information on Da Capo, visit http://www.da-capo.com.
About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.