Larvik, Norway (September 8, 2004)–The Tallships Festival this summer saw the inauguration of the first Alcons “The Ribbon” line-array system in Norway. Rental company Audio One took delivery of a large rig of Alcons line-array modules, bass systems, sub systems, amplification and processing and put it into action immediately for a concert by the classic rock band, Toto. Bringing sound to more than 10,000 people, the system was comprised of 48 LR16 line-array modules, 12 LR16B bass systems, 12 sub systems and ALC controller-amps.
Audio One is a national PA rental and sales company with offices in three cities. The company was established only three years ago and in this short time has already secured the position of one of the top audio rental companies in the country.
Stuart Mørch-Kerrison, head of the Oslo department and sales at AudioOne–and “veteran” FOH engineer for artists such as INXS, Allison Moyet, Erasure, Kim Wilde, OMD and Paul Weller, among others–noted, “The main reason for the success is that we are a company of sound guys rather than businessmen. We have extensive experience in our field and we are proud of the service we provide. Audio quality is the number one reason for us to use a product and that is why I became so interested in the Alcons system after hearing it in Frankfurt in April. Considering there was absolutely no EQ whatsoever on that demo system, it was probably the most natural-sounding PA I had ever heard. With our intention to change our rental inventory, it was clear there was only one direction to go.”
Mørch-Kerrison added, “The system at the Toto concert was a bit overspec’d, but because it was the first time we used this system, we wanted to find out the limits of the system. During the show, the average level at the FOH position (@ 30m/90ft.) was around 116 – 117db (C-weighted), but during set-up, the peak reading was 127 db without any clip indication. The throw of the system was phenomenal; We had a flat SPL response up to 80metres/240ft. and then a slight roll-off in SPL down to 150mtr./450ft, but the sound was still very much intelligible. We could never have done this gig properly with our old system without additional large delay systems.”
Colin Norfield, Toto’s FOH engineer, opined, “I was knocked-out by the crystal clear response. The vocals were absolutely ‘in the face’ and the overall sound was very crisp and natural sounding. If I couldn’t make a good mix on this system, I’d better go home! Only after the show I heard the system works with ribbon transducers. It’s an amazing system.”