Michigan-based rental company Thunder Audio is currently providing NEXO sound reinforcement systems for two Tyler Perry productions, which is currently touring theaters all across the U.S. The urban gospel comedies Meet the Browns and Medea Goes to Jail has played more than 60 shows during the first half of 2005.
For Medea Goes to Jail, the touring system is a NEXO Alpha rig. For Meet the Browns, front-of-house engineer Ron Hurd is using a NEXO GEO S System, powered by CAMCO Vortex amplifiers, which enables Hurd to mix the production’s live gospel, R&B music and comedy/drama format.
Playing theaters seating 1,500 to 3,500 audience members, Hurd sets up the system with 12x GEO S cabinets each in left and right arrays. Two NEXO S2 subs each side run off a separate processor. In addition to a four-piece live band, the show has its 12-member cast on radio mics, all mixed from a Soundcraft Series 5 analog console. Onstage, four NEXO PS10s are used for front-fills, also run off CAMCO amps, and there are NEXO PS15s for stage monitors and sidefills.
Hurd says, “In the past, I’ve had to hack up the main EQ just to keep the P.A. from feeding back and to make the mics sound good. With GEO S, I can make very subtle main EQ changes and I can get most of my EQ’ing done on the channel strip of the console. The clarity in the voice and the fidelity of the band is fully there—it’s sweet-sounding, not overbearing.
“My favorite thing about GEO S [is that] gain before feedback is more a non-issue. Now I can concentrate on the mix and have confidence in the ability to get the dialog on top of a very loud audience!”