When the concrete, glass and steel frame of the DortonArena—home to the North Carolina State Fair— producedreverb times greater than six seconds, Raleigh-based RMB Audio broughtin a Martin Audio W8LC Compact Line Array to help solve the problem.“We pulled the system up as high as we could to try and hit theaudience floor before the first reflection got back to thecrowd,” says RMB Audio head Cooper Cannady.
For the arena’s two audio systems, RMB Audio chose 24 Martin AudioW8LC Compact three-way line array cabinets for front-of-house, alongwith 8 W8C cabinets for side seating and 8 aW8S bass cabinets mountedon the floor.
The front-of-house system for the fair included Chevin ResearchA6000, A2500 and Quad 900 amplifiers, a Soundcraft SM20 48-channelmixer, eight Ashly GQX3102 stereo 1/3 octave EQs, a Quad gate Drawmer404, Sony R7 reverbs, and dbx 166 stereo comp/limiters for processing,along with 16 Martin Audio LE700 biamped wedges, two Martin AudioTriamped drum fills and two Martin Audio W8/WS sidefills, along with aselection of Shure, Beyer, Sennheiser and Crown microphones.
Engineers worked on a Midas Heritage 2000 console augmented by twoBrooke Siren 960 stereo 1/3 octave EQs, a Drawmer DL241B stereocompressor limiter, two Brook Siren FDS-388 OMNIDRIVES, two XTA DP200s,two Drawmer DS404 4 channel noise gates, three Drawmer DS441 quadcompressor limiters, an Eventide H3000, T.C. Electronic D-2 Delay andtwo Yamaha SPX-990s.
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