Bob Dylan made a rare outdoor appearance when he played for 30,000 fans at the Finsbury Park Fleadh, London. This one-day festival saw Dylan headlining the bill that also included The Charlatans and the Counting Crows. A Nexo GEO T array system was provided by SSE Hire for the event, with Midas front-of-house control for all the engineers except Pablo Wheeler, who brought in a DiGiCo digital board to mix Dylan.
The SSE team set up left and right arrays of 20 GEO T4805 with two T2815 and 24 Nexo CD18 sub-bass units, all powered by Camco Vortex 6 amplifiers. For the first time, the system used Nexo's new NX242 TD controllers, which are currently being beta-tested by SSE.
"The new software offers significant performance improvements," says SSE director Chris Beale. "Since the launch of GEO, we've learned a lot about the intricacies of processing line arrays with cardioid attributes. I am extremely pleased with the performance of the system with these new parametrics. The resolution of the system, particularly in the high frequencies, is massively improved, and the low midrange is much better resolved. We now have more headroom and better performance especially with the longer array lengths."
A week following the show, SSE took the GEO T system down to the Glastonbury Festival for use on the primary Pyramid Stage. Here, the setup used arrays of 26 T-cabinets, with auxiliary out-fill hangs of 12 cabinets each and delays at 160 meters.
"On flat sites, the longer the line array, the smaller the intercabinet angle becomes [for a given rigging height] and the greater the low/midrange coupling effect,” Beale said. “We would rather rig the arrays at a greater height [and hence, more curved] but unfortunately, the promoters don’t like paying for 30-meter-tall structures! The increase in coupling and the effects of HF absorption means one has to be very careful about filtering, so we've taken this very much into account in the processing algorithm.”
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