American Idol's sound system, run by engineer Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher, incorporated a Soundcraft MH4 console for the live mix. “We had left and right P.A. speakers, three frontfill zones and subs for the 560-seat room, three monitor zones onstage for the performers, mix-minus monitor sends for the host and judges, backup broadcast feeds and a bunch of other sends here and there,” Fletcher says…Racetrack Churchill Downs' (Louisville, KY) current renovation is under the guidance of acoustical and audio consultant Kevin Smith, who is treating the 200-zone facility with 155 QSC amps, while 42 QSC Basis 922az Ethernet-based monitoring systems control amps and loudspeakers…Fishman's Aura Acoustic Imaging Blender is in use by guitarist Jacques Stotzem, Dave Letterman's Late Show orchestra bassist Will Lee and multi-instrumentalist Harvey Reid…Phil Collins' First Final Farewell tour began in Europe this past June and was outfitted with L-Acoustics amp and loudspeaker systems, including the newly launched 115XT HiQ stage monitor. The loudspeaker rig comprises 32 V-DOSC, 24 dV-DOSC, 28 SB218, six dV-Sub, eight 112XT and eight 115XT HiQ cabinets, supplied by Hyperson (Switzerland) and powered by L-Acoustics LA48A and LA24A amps. The system also includes 15 main L/R V-DOSC arrays with dV-DOSC downfill enclosures (three per side), accompanied by flown SB218 subwoofer arrays (eight per side), with coverage offstage via two flown LL/RR arrays of dV-DOSC at nine to 12 per side.