For the tenth year running, db Sound has brought the sound of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to fans with EV loudspeaker systems. The band and its annual holiday-season tours get bigger every year: For the 2006 concerts, each tour hit the road with a powerhouse 64-box EV X-Array system.
Blending a contemporary Christmas narrative with metal-tinged takes on festive classics such as “The Carol of the Bells,” these parallel outings feature casts of more than 20 members, light shows and pyrotechnics, starting in early November and running through the end of December.
Since visionary composer Paul O’Neill formed the TSO back in 1996, db Sound has brought the group’s sound to legions of fans with EV’ s X-Array loudspeaker systems, providing a balance of rugged reliability and warm, musical reproduction that have made the db crew and their EV systems a fixture on the tours.
“The tour is now no different to a world-class rock tour,” says db Sound’s Todd Johnson. “In fact, they do far more dates than most big tours, travel with a fleet of semi trucks and sold out Madison Square Garden. The TSO gets bigger every year, and EV sound has certainly helped make that happen. For both tours, we use X-Array boxes in conjunction with X-Line Xsubs, all powered by P3000 amplifiers.
“The show is big in every way and, with a rotating cast of multiple singers and instrumental soloists, has a broad dynamic range, from 80 to 105 dB, all across a wide range of musical styles,” Johnson continues. “X-Array has been with the TSO since it was playing in small theatres, and it sounds just as good in the arenas. We simply added more boxes as the show grew, allowing us consistent sound quality from year to year without compromise. X-Array is also versatile in that it can be literally wrapped around a corner if necessary, which also helps when playing to 240-degree seating; no matter what size and shape the venue, every seat gets the full sonic experience.”