Delicate Productions of Camarillo, Calif. deployed Martin Audio's new W8L Longbow line array for Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM's annual "Weenie Roast" concert festival, held on May 19, 2007 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine Meadows. The event drew an estimated crowd of 18,000 and featured Korn, Linkin Park, Social Distortion and Interpol.
“We were just trying to cover the amphitheater and lawn without using most of the house stuff," says system engineer/designer Bryan Bazilsky. "It was a loud event.”
In addition to Bazilsky, Delicate Productions' crew included Meegan Holmes (crew chief/stage); front-of-house engineers Scott Scherban and Alan Behr; monitor engineers Shaun Sebastian and Drew Consalvo; stage technicians Matt Fox and Tony Carrafa; and RF engineer Holly Johnson.
The speaker system comprised a dozen Longbows per side with four W8LCs as underhang, side hangs of 12 W8LCs per side for outer fill, six W8LS flying subs per side and 12 WS218 sub bass cabinets ground-stacked per side, and four pairs of W8LM for frontfill.
Regarding the new Longbows, Bazilsky says, "They’ve upgraded the high end from three drivers to four 1-inch drivers and increased the high-frequency output by 10 dB from the original box at the same power. It also throws longer than the W8L, or anything else for that matter. Martin actually designed the Longbow with stadiums and arenas in mind. I was extremely happy with them. That was the first time I was able to put them up. We got them in from England three days before with the factory crossover settings and they worked well and sounded really good.”
Complementing the Martin Audio speaker arsenal were Martin’s MA 4.2 power amps and three Dolby Lake Processors. Each side of the “turntable” stage [while one band performed, the next did a line-check] had 12 Martin LE700 wedges powered by Crest 7001 with BSS FDS334 crossovers, and a stereo drum fill comprising two Martin Audio FSX 2x18-inch sub bass and F1T cabinets. The stage had a shared sidefill that comprised two Martin F2B bass cabinets and two Martin F2 Combi mid-high cabinets per side powered by the same Crest/BSS combination.
Consoles included two Yamaha PM5D-RH consoles at FOH with two more onstage for monitor duty. A few larger acts supplied their own consoles, including DiGiCo D5 Live digital mixing consoles, and Digidesign VENUE and D-Show Profile consoles. Most microphones were Shure models.