The Scottsdale Center for the Arts recently had a new turnkey, remote-controlled sound system from Electro-Voice installed by Delicate Productions (Camarillio, Calif.) that features 12 E-V P3000RL™ remote-control DSP amplifiers running E-V’s IRIS™ software, and runs a total of 14 XLCi 127+ full-range line array boxes and eight XLC 118 subs.
Delicate Productions’ Graham Thornton describes the project, saying, “The installation is at the Virginia G. Piper Theatre, the Center’s main auditorium. It was a very straightforward project for a number of reasons. A main selling point was that the staff had heard the rig in the same room last year when the XLC demo tour stopped off in Scottsdale. The XLC’s controlled coverage, precise aiming software (LAPS) and warm, musical, sonic character were already proven in the room.”
Ian England, senior technical director at the Scottsdale Center, adds, “A lot of the touring rigs we demo’d were simply too harsh, designed for loud rock ’n’ roll alone. Though the XLC is a proven touring line array, it exhibited more sonic finesse than the others. We were looking for clean, quality sound on every seat, and the XLC gives us that level of coverage and consistency. We put on a diverse range of performance styles here at the center, ranging from modern dance to rock ’n’ roll. The XLC/P-RL rig is really adaptable, and has great intelligibility for spoken word, great musicality for playback and live music, and plenty of control and headroom with the RL amps. Add to that the attention to detail the IRIS load monitoring, signal processing and system security provides, and the XLC really is unbeatable in this environment.”
Just three weeks after the installation was completed, sound engineer James Book also noted the dramatic improvement: “The listening experience at the theater has, quite simply, been greatly enhanced by the new sound system. And as an engineer, mixing on this rig is equally rewarding.”
For more information on the rig, please visit www.qscaudio.com.