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MixOne Fields VIO for Gin Blossoms at USS Midway Benefit

The benefit, supporting local military-focused non-profits, was held aboard the USS Midway.

San Diego, CA (June 5, 2018)—The USS Midway, docked and used as a museum in San Diego, hosts an annual Freedom Benefit Concert, donating proceeds to local military-focused non-profits focused in honor of Memorial Day. This year’s edition saw Gin Blossoms play for a packed house, with MixOne Sound providing audio in partnership with Hudson Audio.

MixOne Sound chose the system in partnership with Hudson Audio, owner Spenser Bishop said. “I chose VIO last year because I was able to push it to the limit without hearing limiters and compression,” said Bishop, “You know it’s there to protect the PA, but overall it sounds like and has the power of a passive box but with a huge output.”

dBTechnologies Ships VIO Line Array

For the Freedom Benefit Concert, they opted to use Flexsys 10s, VIO L210s and VIO S3118s, as well as LVX XM15s and LVX XM12s for all of the wedges. At Front of House, Bishop was able to utilize the new beta Aurora Net software to monitor and control the boxes in real time.

“My favorite thing about VIO has to be the convenience,” said Clay, a member of Spenser’s team. “From the carts they come in to the process of flying them, it takes less than thirty minutes to put a whole array up. For us workers who have to push a lot of the gear around, VIO is amazing.”

While wind gusts and cool air were prevalent throughout the day, nature was on the team’s side as the show started precisely at sunset. Ryan Garvey, FOH Engineer for Gin Blossoms mused, “For me, it’s easy to make a box sound good as far as frequency response, but what isn’t easy is to make the transients come through at the same time as long envelope sounds. What’s really key is getting a nice punchy tone out of the kick and snare at the same time as a guitar solo. The system was very clear, very punchy and it sounded great.”

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Nonprofits benefiting from the show included the Armed Services YMCA San Diego, San Diego Military Outreach Ministries (SDMOM) and Support The Enlisted Project (STEP).

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