The 84 Lumber Classic PGA event held at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort's Mystic Rock golf course featured top pros from around the world, as well as two back-to-back concerts by Clint Black and the Black Eyed Peas. The concerts were held on the Resort's polo field with a movable stage and an audio system provided by Satin Sound Systems of Hermitage, Pa.
One of the main challenges for Satin's John Durisko and crew was setting up for live concerts while a professional golf tournament was underway."We couldn't do soundchecks for the shows," Durisko recalls, "because we couldn't make any noise before the tournament was over for the day. They opened up the gates for the show at 5 while the golfers were still on the course, so we were limited to a few line checks. Once the shows started, we had to work things out during the first few songs. We set the system up the day before Clint Black around 6:30, and were told that the golfing was over. But I guess they weren't done because we were running the subs and the golfers apparently thought there was a thunderstorm coming over the hill toward them!"
The loudspeaker array comprised left and right hangs of 10 Martin Audio W8Ls with one W8LD downfill cabinet at the bottom of each for frontfill and a total of 24 WSX subwoofers configured differently for each act. For Black, Durisko used a more traditional setup for the subs of two wide and three high on each corner with two high and six wide in front of center stage. The Black Eyed Peas crew wanted front-of-stage center kept clear for videographers who provide a live feed of the show projected from a rear video wall, so the subs had to be switched to three wide, four high on each side.
Martin Audio and Crest provided amplification, while each act brought their own consoles. Clint Black's engineers used Yamaha PM5D for FOH and DiGiCo for monitors, while the Black Eyed Peas had Digidesign VENUEs for FOH and monitoring.
The crew from Satin Sound Systems included system techs John A. Durisko, Durisko's son, Mick Respoli and Soren Beiller.
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