Massachusetts-based Scorpio Sound recently purchased seven Lake Contour digital speaker processors configured as two complete systems to provide multizone speaker optimization of its touring audio systems. Lake Contour's high-resolution DSP-based speaker processing features include equalization, crossovers and limiting, and are controlled by Scorpio Sound's engineers using wireless touchscreen tablets supplied with each of the two systems.
Scorpio Sound senior engineer George Wehrlin used the Lake Contour system at Boston's Tweeter Center in late May during the KISS Concert 2005, which featured Will Smith, Rob Thomas, Gwen Stefani, the Black Eyed Peas, Backstreet Boys, Good Charlotte and more. "I used one Contour to control my main front hang, another to handle the subs, which I zone differently, one for my outer hangs and a fourth unit for my various zones of fill speakers," he says.
This year's KISS Concert was the 26th annual celebration of WXKS (Boston) 108 FM's birthday. "I've been doing this show for 10 years," Wehrlin comments. "But this year, the Lake Contours saved me so much time. I was able to walk around the side of my array, shut off what I didn't want to hear, look at SmaartLive right on my tablet and tune my side arrays with no guessing, standing right in front of them. At most of these events, you're not given a lot of time to begin with, so Lake Contour made our job that much more efficient."
According to Wehrlin, Scorpio Sound has used various high-end processing solutions in the past. "But once we started using the Lake Contour, we really noticed the difference,” Wehrlin says. “The sound is without question better. This is definitely our processor of choice."
Wehrlin, who has long been the front-of-house mixer for Meat Loaf, is looking forward to using the Lake Contours again when the singer hits the road later this year. "We're going to be taking them on tour in August and September in the States, with Scorpio Sound and the JBL VerTecs."
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