Atlanta Sound and Lighting recently provided sound reinforcement for the Rock Fore Dough II charity festival, held on April 4, 2006, during U.S. Masters Week in Augusta, Ga. Event promoters Sixthman Productions assembled a stellar bill including golf enthusiasts Hootie & The Blowfish, Collective Soul, Better Than Ezra and Emerson Hart from Tonic. Halfway through a 10-day stretch of different high=profile events, ASL used its Electro-Voice XLC rig and Midas consoles.
According to ASL's Steve "Dublin" Stapleton, “Once again, E-V XLC proved a winning combination of ease of use and high performance. Ted Kistner, our patch guy on the festival, had never flown XLC boxes before and couldn’t believe how easy the rigging system worked, how fast you can get that caterpillar of boxes up and out. The system configuration was the same as I used at last year’s event: three XLC 118 subs flown above eight XLC 127+ mid highs from one point per side, with three XLC 118 subs on the stage deck and eight E-V MT2 subs as a mono cluster under downstage center to fatten up the bass at the barricade.
“Soundcheck was scheduled for first light on show day so everything had to be right the night before,” Stapleton continues. “I was able to run the P.A. at midnight to set delay, et cetera, without any neighbors complaints, proving how good the E-V LAPS system modeling software is. The choice of a Midas H3000 56-channel FOH console also made my life a lot easier on show day: I was able to fit all the mixes for Collective Soul, Better Than Ezra and the two openers on it, making for really smooth changeovers.
“During and after the shows, we received a lot of positive comments from the audience, along the lines of: ‘I can stand at the front or the back and it’s the same volume—how is that? It’s usually always louder up near the front.’ That one took a while to explain! One person told us they’d seen Collective Soul over 30 times, and this show had ‘the clearest, fullest, finest outdoor sound’ he had ever heard. That’s the great thing about the XLC—as well as being a time-saving design with a small footprint, it sounds so warm and musical with a minimal amount of tweaking. Add the Midas consoles to the mix, and you can expect to hear this kind of feedback from satisfied audience members, show after show.”
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