Spokane, WA (August 25, 2004)–The Big Easy Concert House in Spokane has made an effort over the years to bring in name entertainment. When that happens, however, one needs to have an audio system to meet the demands of those acts. As part of the venue’s system, there’s an ISIS WideLine loudspeaker array from QSC.
Implemented under the mindful eye of J. Bradley of Seattle-based Pacific Northwest Theatre Associates, the WideLine array was deployed in time for the club’s grand opening earlier this year. Flown above the stage in an eight-per-side configuration and buttressed below by a half-dozen ground-dwelling subwoofers, the rig has 140-degree wide-angle dispersion.
Big Easy general manager Greg Marchant heard his first WideLine rig last year on a Bob Dylan tour and was immediately hooked. Well-schooled in the art and science of audio engineering, Marchant has 22 years of production experience under his belt.
“If anything, first hearing the WideLine outdoors with Dylan made me more critical, and maybe a little skeptical,” he confessed. “With factors working against it such as wind and a number of other troublesome and uncontrollable variances coming in from the outside world, it performed with amazing strength. I was impressed with its clarity and the transparency of its sound, and it was fairly flat from top-to-bottom on the frequency scale. Right away, it moved onto our shortlist of contenders for the Big Easy’s sound, and didn’t take long thereafter before it was chosen hands-down for the task. Once installed in the club, it gave us everything we needed in terms of performance, and occupied such little airspace that there virtually isn’t a seat in the house that doesn’t have a direct sightline to the stage.”
A true multipurpose room that hosts some 150-odd concert acts per year plus two dance nights each week featuring DJs and an appropriately-blinding lighting system, the Big Easy has drawn recent live acts such as Jewel, The Wallflowers, John Hiatt, the Temptations, and one of only two Pixies club dates booked nationally.
“On our live stage, it’s like Nickel Creek to 2 Live Crew around here, and anything else in between,” Marchant quipped. “One of our front-end goals was to put together a sound system that would be accepted by all of our clients. In the past I would have said that would be fairly impossible to do with any one rig, but happily QSC’s WideLine has proved me wrong.”
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