For the fifth time in as many years, Texas-based LD Systems traveled to Las Vegas in December for the 49th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), a 10-day event many consider the Superbowl of rodeo. LD has partnered with the WNFR since 2004 as the eventâ€™s exclusive light and stage producer. 2007 marked the first year that LD also supplied sound reinforcement for the event.
Last year, LD used an Electro-Voice XLC rig to provide smooth, intelligible coverage at the 18,500-seat Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. This year the WNFR returned to the Thomas and Mack Center, and so did LD Systemsâ€™ XLC rig. But with the added precision and power of NetMax N8000 system controllers with FIR-Drive, and XLC127 loudspeakers with DVX woofer upgrades, Electro-Voice has never sounded better at the WNFR.
The system, comprising XLC127DVX cabinets and XLC215 subs in two-over-six combinations, was deployed in four arrays surrounding the arenaâ€™s central scoreboard and video wall. The rig looked the same as last yearâ€™s in every way, but the reaction to the systemâ€™s performance was dramatically different, as Robert Ausmus, Director of Production Services, LD Systems, explains:
â€œOur clients and the showâ€™s FOH Engineer Derreld Yost were both amazed by the sound of this yearâ€™s system in comparison to last yearâ€™s,â€? says Ausmus. â€œThe combination of the DVX upgrade and NetMax with FIR-Drive is simply superb. Itâ€™s absolutely dialed-in precise in every venue we bring it to. We canâ€™t stop talking about it, and neither can our clients after they hear it!â€?
In addition to sounding great, LDâ€™s XLC rig also saves Ausmus, his A1 Bill Johnson, and his A2 Rudy Guillen time and money by only using four arrays for the event.
â€œWe can provide complete coverage with just four arrays, thanks to the XLCâ€™s 120-degree horizontal coverage,â€? says Ausmus. â€œWith any other product, we would have needed at least six arrays. EV is a true labor-saver at events like these. Plus, relative to its compact size, the DVX system has exceptional power handlingâ€”this is a long-throw application, and we never ran out of headroom. The whole system performed perfectly for us.â€?
Derreld Yost, FOH Engineer for the WNFR, was also impressed with the DVX difference: â€œThe sound of the DVX upgrades was excellent right from the start,â€? says Yost. â€œI could hear more intelligibility from the new boxes right away, and we didnâ€™t have any coverage issues; the two things we need most for this show are coverage and intelligibility, so it was great to have so much of both. This was the best I had ever heard this arena sound, and Iâ€™ve been FOH at this event for the last six years. Even after a run of 10 performances, I didnâ€™t have one issue with any of the gear or a single complaint about the sound.â€?
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