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d&b Reaches the Final Four (Audience)

Morris provided live sound inside the challenging US Bank Stadium for this year’s Final Four.

Minneapolis, MN (May 8, 2019)—This year’s NCAA Division I Final Four was hosted at the home to the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Though only a few years old, the venue already has a reputation as a challenging room when it comes to live sound. Nashville audio production provider Morris was brought in to provide sound for the games, held April 6-8, and fielded a sizable d&b audiotechnik GSL system to tackle the room.

Morris had worked the room before, having used a GSL system throughout Kenny Chesney’s 2018 tour, Around the Sun, which included a stop at the venue. Applied for the basketball tourney, the system handled what was expected of it. David Haskell, president of Morris, commented, “The GSL system provided rejection on the court that couldn’t be achieved with any other product. The cardioid properties of the box were able to dramatically reduce excess noise and provide unmatched audio intelligibility.”

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Surrounding the temporary video board above the court, GSL8 loudspeakers were flown in eight hangs of ten cabinets in the round. Additionally, eight Y10Ps were used on a separate feed as competition loudspeakers to cover the floor. d&b D80 amplifiers were flown on two separate platforms and controlled using the d&b R1 Remote control software.

Kevin Day, associate principal at WJHW and consultant to US Bank Stadium, noted, “Expectations were high after hearing the GSL rig in setup and tech rehearsals – nice high frequency detail, smooth overlap zones and very good direct-to-reflected sound. The system performed very well and delivered PA, music and sound effects for each of three big games. It had a lot of gas left in the tank while delivering 105 dBA and fueling crowd excitement.”

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Avant Acoustics—NCAA acoustical consultants John Hodgson, Robert Ledo and David Wetzel—were also involved in the production, and the Morris crew consisted of SE Justin Keasling, A2 Chris Bushong, and Fly Techs Phil Spinner and Justin Curtiss. d&b audiotechnik Americas staff was also on site to assist.

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