The Assemblies of God 2006 Northern California and Nevada Youth Conference drew more than 5,000 young followers to the Stockton Arena (Stockton, Calif.) with a compelling blend of worship, multimedia presentations, musical performances and public speaking.
Sacramento Production Services produced the event with a crew that included Keith Wackford, production manager/monitor engineer, and Chris O'Brien, systems/FOH engineer. Day one included load in, soundcheck and the first series events. After some quick calculations using the latest Martin Audio Display software, O'Brien had all of the motor points and both 16-box clusters up in air in less than two hours. In fact, the entire P.A. system was up and running in less than four hours, "pretty amazing due to all four companies rigging over 22 points in the air all at the same time," Wackford reports.
"This was the first time that we (Loud Sound) used our expanded inventory of W8LCs for a venue of this size," Wackford continues. "In the past, we'd used the larger W8L enclosure for venues of this capacity. Going from the W8L to the smaller W8LC box did raise some initial questions as to how much SPL and coverage could be generated with the crew, but after the first soundcheck, the mid-size exceeded our expectations. The coverage from top to bottom was amazing. With ample amounts of head room, all the gear worked flawlessly and we were amazed what the W8LC could do. The last seat sounded as good as the first seat with a happy client and crew."
The speaker array included two clusters with 16 W8LCs and 16 WSX subwoofers, along with six Martin Audio WT2 bi-amped for front-fills. The house system included a Soundcraft MH4 console; XTA, TC Electronics, Yamaha and Klark-Teknik processing; Drawmer gates; and a Tascam CD player. The monitor system included a Soundcraft SC500 console, XTA and TC Electronics processing, 20 Martin LE12 stage monitors, a Martin WT3 for drum fills, WS2 for drum sub, Shure/Sennheiser/AKG/Audix mics, and Countryman and Audio-Technica headsets.