San Diego, CA (October 31, 2013)—Portland, OR’s White Eagle Café and Hotel recently installed a Vue Audiotechnik al-4 line array system, with Eric Iverson of Rose City Sound working in partnership with the White Eagle's in-house production staff on the new design.
"Management was clear that they wanted a state-of-the-art system that would make the venue more attractive to local and national acts alike," explained Iverson. "At the same time, maintaining the vintage aesthetics was also important, so the system had to deliver sonically while being relatively compact."
While aesthetics dictated size requirements, the White Eagle's narrow shape and highly reflective brick walls called for pattern control as well. "I immediately thought that a small line array would be perfect," admitted Iverson. "I'd heard about the Vue al-4, so I contacted the company to see about a demo. Within a matter of days, I not only had an al-4 to try, but Vue's Jeff Taylor came out personally to help us hang it."
After trying out a temporary rig, Iverson and the crew at the White Eagle Café knew the al-4 was good fit. Iverson designed a permanent system that includes an eight element al-4 array with a single Vue V4 Systems Engine providing all amplification and DSP functions. A Vue a-8 is mounted just behind the al-4 array for nearfield downfill, while a Vue is-18a powered subwoofer provides low frequency extension. An Allen & Heath MixWizard 16:2 handles the mix.
"With such a long and narrow room, I was really concerned about coverage. The al-4 was really easy to assemble and aim. It delivers more even coverage than anything we've tried in this room before,” commented Iverson.