For the second summer in a row, the Mayhem Tour is featuring the ribbon-loaded Versarrayâ„¢ 212 line-array sound system from audio innovators Peavey Electronics.
As the exclusive sound system of the JÃ¤germeisterÂ® Mobile Stageâ€”a custom-built, traveling foldout stage housed in a 44-foot trailerâ€”the Peavey Versarray 212 will provide articulate sound reinforcement for metal heavyweights Trivium, All That Remains, God Forbid and more as the festival crisscrosses the nation from July through August.
“The Peavey Versarray 212 is a big leap forward for sound reinforcement technology,” said Dave Summers, Road and Production Manager for the JÃ¤germeisterÂ® Mobile Stage. “With this system, Peavey developed a line array that positions 16 loudspeaker components in a compact enclosure while delivering the highest levels of performance. It’s the ideal system for modern touring situations, where performance and efficiency are matters of necessity.”
Summers first became familiar with the original Versarray 112 system on the JÃ¤germeisterÂ® Mobile Stage in 2007, then adopted the even-louder Versarray 212 before hitting the 2008 Mayhem Tour, providing sound for Machine Head, Five Finger Death Punch and Walls of Jericho. “It performed exceptionally well in every situation we could throw at it,” he raved.
The JÃ¤germeisterÂ® Mobile Stage currently features twin arrays of eight Versarray 212 enclosures per side plus sixteen thundering Versarray 218 subwoofers. Each VR212 enclosure is outfitted with two 12″ Black WidowÂ® woofers, four planar ribbon drivers and ten midrange drivers. The proprietary ribbon drivers are mounted to a manifold line source that work with the specially designed midrange drivers to create a high-energy field that enables critically damped operation with immediate transient response. All 16 line-array components utilize neodymium magnets that yield lighter weight and greater efficiency over traditional magnet designs.
The Versarray line-array system is managed by Peavey Architectural AcousticsÂ® DigitoolÂ® processors and powered by twenty-four Crest AudioÂ® Pro 9200â„¢ amplifiers and six Pro 8200â„¢ amps. A combination of six Crest Audio Pro 9200, four Pro 8200 and four Pro 7200â„¢ amps provide power for the stage’s Peavey QWÂ® monitor rig.
“The Versarray line array system is truly amazing,” said Rick Zeiler, Director of Marketing and Brand Development at JÃ¤germeister. “Producing a heavy rock concert can be difficult because there is so much going on in the music, but the Versarray solves that through incredible sonic articulation, consistency and a fully dynamic listening experience.
Peavey artists Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, All That Remains, Job For A Cowboy and The Black Dahlia Murderâ€”all endorsers of the Peavey 6505Â® guitar amplifier, the undisputed sound of hard rockâ€”will perform on the 2009 Mayhem Tour.
Founded in 1965, PeaveyÂ® is one of the worldâ€™s largest manufacturers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and produces more than 2,000 products, which are distributed throughout the United States and to 136 other countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrixÂ®, Architectural AcousticsÂ®, Crest AudioÂ® and Trace ElliotÂ® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in more than 5,000 airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.