Think they brought enough subs? SSE Audio supplied 18 Nexo CD18 sub units per side of the stage at the recent Arctic Monkeys gig in Manchester. Manchester, UK (August 21 2007)–Over two nights, 110,000 fans crowded into the Lancashire County Cricket Ground in Manchester to see Arctic Monkeys do their thing. Helping that thing, of course, was SSE Audio, which provided new Nexo Geo S1210 and S1230 cabinets for the show.
The new S12 cabinets formed part of a Geo T system, designed by SSE’s Matthew Kettle for the massive Arctic Monkeys’ mini-festival, which also included Amy Winehouse, The Coral and Supergrass on the bill. Either side of the stage, the main PA hangs each comprised 23 Geo T4805 cabinets plus three T2815 downfill boxes, with a central cluster above the stage comprising five T4805s plus two downfills. A half-dozen Geo S1230s were used for each side hang.
“The S1230s are perfect for this purpose,” said Kettle. “They provide the width to deal with the side stands, and, although they’re really compact boxes, the sound goes for days. This was a good opportunity to try them out, and we’re really pleased with them in this application.”
SSE has purchased 24 of the new cabinets, a combination of S1210 and S1230s, typically used in a maximum array of five 1210 and a single1230. “We’ve bought a dozen extra 1230s to be used as drum fills and side fills,” says SSE’s John Penn. “These are really useful versatile boxes; they work in arenas as near fill or side hangs, in theatres as multi-purpose systems. You can fly them, or when there are no flying points, you can stand them up and use them in ground-stacks.”
All powered by Camco Vortex 6 amplifiers, the system configuration included three delay towers, each carrying a dozen Geo T4805s, and 18 CD18 subbass units either side of the stage. A little ground-stack of five Geo S805s handled a tricky bank of balcony seating, and Nexo’s PS8 compact full-range cabs were used for the VIP areas.