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dbx Takes Centerstage at MerleFest

Cliff Miller

The dbx DriveRack 4800 System Processor garnered praise for its performance at this year’s installment of MerleFest (April 27 to 30, 2006;, the legendary Americana Music Celebration held in Wilkesboro, N.C. In all, four DriveRack 4800 units were used on four of the event’s 13 stages and sound system.

Cliff Miller, president of SE Systems ( in Greensboro, N.C., which provided all of the sound systems used at MerleFest, supervised more than 20 front-of-house mixers working at the event. “The 4800 was new to everyone working at MerleFest, including me, but by the time the show was over, the 4800 had won us over,” says Miller, who is also systems engineer for Alison Krauss. The DriveRack 4800’s comprehensive array of processing was put to work on four of the sound systems, providing EQ, delay and compression, as well as bandpass and crossover filters. “The DriveRack 4800 let us process the entire P.A., including the subs from a single device. It was easy to program, simple to run, incredibly reliable and the sound was magnificent. We plan to incorporate the DriveRack 4800 into our own permanent racks in the very near future. It’s a great system.”

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