Engineer Harold Cummings in front of Dynacord Cobra stacked arrays
Sound companies across the United States are lending their time and equipment to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. One such event, the “Kendall Hunter Presents South Florida Gospel All-Stars Katrina Benefit Concert,” took place on Saturday, September 17, 2005, at Merrell United Methodist Church (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.). Harold Cummings of Drummer Boy Sound Productions (DBS) provided sound for the event.
Says Cummings, “This was a free benefit concert, so, obviously, the production budget was an issue. Originally, Kendall Hunter wanted to use the church’s house sound system, and he brought me in as a consultant to see if the house P.A. was up to the job, which it wasn’t. To ensure that all donations would go to the American Red Cross rather than toward rental costs, DBS decided to donate a quality rig and production services for the event.
“We brought in a P.A. that would offer the ideal balance of big production sound and small production setup, based around our Dynacord Cobra-2 system, a Midas Verona console, and E-V monitors and wireless mic systems. We’ve had great success with the Cobra at a wide range of indoor and outdoor events, and it continues to surprise people in being so compact a package with so much power and coverage; people don’t believe their eyes are seeing what their ears are hearing! Add on the other top-quality elements of this P.A., and you have some serious performance for such a small footprint.”
Richard Cardenas, senior sound engineer of DBS, commented, “Every step of the signal path sounded great. I continue to be amazed by the Verona’s EQ section, the Klark Teknik DN100 direct boxes are the best we’ve heard, the E-V wireless systems always work flawlessly and the Cobra rig has all the headroom we need to really bring out the power of gospel performances. We were pleased to lend a helping hand and make this benefit concert a success. We wanted the concert to sound and feel first-rate, and, even though we donated our services, we didn’t want, or need, to cut corners in sound quality and professionalism.”