--Production Hire Unleashes Monster On The Banks of Loch Nessâ€“â€“
When Production Hire realized the amount of summer festival work and autumn dance events that were available if the company could provide adequate PA coverage, proprietor Mark Neal decided it was time to invest in a potent line array system. And the move paid instant dividends.
After evaluating a couple of leading systems, Neal purchased 24 Martin Audio W8L Longbow line array enclosures and gave them a critical first initiation at the RockNess Music Festival near Inverness this month, where Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascal and Flaming Lips were among the headliners.
He ran 12 W8L hangs a side, with W8LD Downfills on the front corners providing the necessary infill, while Martin Audioâ€™s predictive 3D Display software made sure the coverage was fully optimized.
It didnâ€™t take long for Neal to realize heâ€™d made the right decision. â€œThe system definitely throws and there must have been 25,000 in front of it when Prodigy appeared on stage,â€? he reports.
â€œWe always knew Longbow would handle live shows but we first tried it out at a dance music event â€”and it was sensational.â€? But the clincher was the power of the low-mids. â€œWe really like that because itâ€™s 1â€? instead of 1.4â€?. This leads to a very sparkly system which goes all the way up and down the frequency range, which a lot of line arrays donâ€™t do.â€?
Neal also noted that because the system is horn-loaded the sound tends not to flap around in the wind. â€œAgain, this is a problem with many other systems I have experienced,â€? he adds.
Mark Nealâ€™s marketing rationale also appears to have been right on the money. Whereas last year he had only been able to cover Stage 2 at RockNess for production company Loud Sound Events (using the seven-a-side W8LC rig), this year he could handle both, adding W3â€™s for infill support on the second stage.
â€œAside from the additional festivals we can now do this summer, we have a series of autumn dance events lined up, and Longbow will be perfect for that.â€?