Winner of multiple CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year awards, country superstar Kenny Chesneyâ€™s summer tours continue to pack NFL and college football stadiums year after year. A key element of the Chesney tourâ€™s success is the superb sound production provided by the team led by Phillip Scobee of Morris Leasing, featuring the worldâ€™s largest touring Electro-Voice sound system.
Scobee has upped the ante once again for Chesneyâ€™s 2009 Sun City Carnival Tour, adding more EV speakers and amplifiers to the equipment list while using the latest NetMax digital matrix control with FIR-Drive and IRIS-Net Version 2.0 control and supervision software to enhance performance to an unprecedented degree for a system of this size.
Developed and field-tested on the Chesney tour and at the annual Houston Rodeo â€“ two of the worldâ€™s biggest, most critical proving grounds for audio technologies
the FIR-Drive system employs
Finite Impulse Response filters and processing to provide linear phase performance for sonic clarity and improvedÂ pattern control beyond all other DSP and system drive packages.
â€œThis year we added another eight X-Line Xvls boxes,â€? says Scobee, â€œwhich brings our full-range, main loudspeaker total to 176, not including front-fills and floor subs. And itâ€™s all NetMax/IRIS-Net again, but this time everything is FIR-based. Weâ€™ve helped develop FIR-Drive on this tour over the last couple of years, and now itâ€™s complete; in terms of quality and quantity, the system has become what I envisioned when we started working with EV. Now we have FIR filters for everything.â€?
In addition to the extensive EV spec, Boschâ€™s Communications Systems Division brands are represented at every stage in the signal chain, including a Midas XL8 at front-of-house (with onboard DSP synched to the NetMax/IRIS-Net platform), two new Midas PRO6 desks for the monitor mixes, along with tried-and-true outboard gear from Klark Teknik. Dynacordâ€™s VL 262 super-compact, high performance 2 x 6â€? two-way boxes serve as front fills.
Read the following article from July 2008 for an in-depth account of Scobeeâ€™s system design for the Kenny Chesney tour: Morris Leasing & Electro-Voice raise the bar for live sound on Kenny Chesney tourÂ