After a successful US â€œDouble Down Liveâ€? tour, the legendary 3-piece from Texas headed north of the border for a string of shows in Prince George, Dawson Creek, Penticton, Kamloops, Abbotsford, Everett, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina and Calgary.
With leading-edge Briere Production Group Inc. of Burnaby, British Columbia handling the production chores, the tour was in the words of Chris Briere, â€œa standard Arena run, but we also had a couple of theater dates, so we needed a flexible, compact and powerful system to handle the different types of coverage needed.
The Martin Audio arrays were typically 16 W8LCs per side plus 8 W8LCs per side for side hangs/outfills. This rig was flexible enough to accommodate both single and dual point hangs depending on available points in some venues.
ZZâ€™s big â€œBrazos Bottomâ€? sound was provided by 30 Martin Audio WSX subs powered by Martin MA 2.8 and 4.2
amplifiers. FOH (Engineer: Toby Francis) featured a Digico SD8 console with Dolby Lakes and Eventide processing, while Monitors (Engineer: Jacob Mann) also used a SD8 with Sennheiser and IEM microphones.
In preparation for the tour, the Briere Production Group team worked directly with Martin Audio engineers in London to pioneer a Cardioid Sub design for the WSX. As Briere adds, â€œThe result worked exactly as designed and our System Tech, Rico also worked on other sub-pattern stacks & designs throughout the tour.â€? The crew used Martinâ€™s Viewpoint software day to day and Display for the first date of the tour.
Asked to comment about the sound, Francis and Mann pointed out that the Martin Audio was a â€œgood, clean sounding box with fast rigging and great coverage.â€?