Taking a break between road trips on two major tours, portions of Sound Image's inventory of ISIS WideLine loudspeaker systems from QSC found their place this year on tours with both Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton.
"Everything worked out well," Jim Douglas, the Southern California-based sound company's director of touring, reports. "We used WideLine in theaters with Dylan and as front-fills with Clapton. Providing a full, wide-angle 140 degrees of dispersion, the compact line array boxes easily gave us the coverage we needed for both acts without leaving much of a footprint at all."
Playing to capacity crowds in arenas with Clapton, the Sound Image house rig was flown at high altitudes to avoid blocking sight lines in upper-deck seating areas. To compensate for the loss of coverage in the first 20 rows, four WideLine enclosures set in three-way mode were deployed on the left and right sides of the stage.
"The house P.A. was trimmed up about 32 feet off of the stage and angled down slightly," Douglas relates. "Three of the WideLine cabinets were stacked on top of the subs, which were placed directly on the floor. By the time we got to the top of each of these ground stacks, we were flush with the level of the stage. The fourth WideLine cabinet on each side was placed by itself slightly upstage to provide fill for the corners. Power was supplied by QSC PowerLight 6.0 IIs using the three-way capabilities of each cabinet."