Anselmo, CA (March 19, 2004)–Sound company Awakening Productions recently celebrated its fifth anniversary by boosting its inventory of Bag End loudspeaker systems to nearly 40 cabinets. Earlier this year, Awakening Productions added four high-output, quad-18 Quartz subwoofer systems and four high output mid-ranger Crystals to its inventory.
“I consider those acquisitions as our real move into major outdoor festival work in the northern California region,” said Joey Wisgirda, owner of Awakening Productions. “Up to this point, we had an outstanding system for clubs and mid-size venues, but this past spring we made a deliberate decision–and the financial commitment–to move into heavy-duty outdoor festival work.”
Wisgirda’s love affair with Bag End speaker systems actually dates back many years. “I was first turned on to Bag End by a fellow musician, Sy Madden, the keyboardist for a band called the Epenema Black Cats, who uses a Bag End TA2000 12-inch monitor,” Wisgirda said. “I was amazed at how great that thing sounded–the clarity, the response, everything. I had never heard anything like it.”
In fact, he was so taken with the Bag End speakers, Wisgirda promptly went out and purchased his first two Bag End speakers–a pair of S18-E single 18-inch subwoofers and the INFRA-1 signal processor that extends low frequency down to 8 Hz. Not long after that initial purchase, he added a pair of TA5000, Time-Aligned mid- and high-range speaker systems–and he was on his way.
Awakening Productions supplied sound in June for the “Village Stage” at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Angels Camp, CA–one of the largest reggae festivals on the West Coast, featuring the Wailers. Wanting to make a real impact in the mid-range area, Wisgirda beefed up his system even more by adding a pair of high efficiency, wide dispersion Bag End AF-1A speaker systems. The AF1A, so named because it was first developed for the United States Air Force Band, is a time-aligned system that features an 18-inch woofer, a 12-inch mid-range cone and a 1-inch exit compression driver with a horn.
“The real landmark thing that happened is when we were featuring two up-and-coming young reggae artists, one from Jamaica called Warrior King and a new band called Midnight from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands,” Wisgirda recalled. “We literally stole the crowd away from the main stage. The sound system at the main stage was a giant line array drawing over a 100,000 watts. But our Bag End stack system still sounded better than the big system.”