CONEQ in a dusty amp rack at Burning Man Black Rock City, NV (September 25, 2007)–Each year, tens of thousands of self-proclaimed “burners” gather from all over the world to build a temporary city in Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The week-long event, known as Burning Man, culminates with a 60′ high wooden effigy of a man being engulfed in flames, while more than 40,000 revelers watch in awe as the nighttime desert sky is transformed into magnificent colors by pyrotechnics and chemical fuel. As the figure of the Man comes crashing down from his perch, reduced to ashes and cinders, perhaps too the trials and tribulations of life are temporarily purged by participation in this unique tribal ritual.
Throughout the week, hundreds of stages and dance domes host an enormous variety of music and performance art. At the center of Black Rock City is “Center Camp,” where the early incarnations of this event began years ago. And at the center of “Center Camp” is the Center Café. Featuring an acre-large shade structure, the Café plays host to a non-stop 24/7 presentation of musicians, aerialists, and other performance artists.
Challenging at best, due to the incredibly hot and dusty desert environment, the Café sound system blends technologies and skill levels from the most basic to the most advanced. For the 2007 ‘Burn,’ the Café hosted the first-ever use of CONEQTM at a major event in North America.
“CONEQ is the brainchild of Real Sound Lab,” said Ken DeLoria, Director of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “In practice, CONEQ provides an ultra-high resolution, 4,096 point response correction to any sound system. More importantly, the corrective curve is based on a true Acoustic Power Measurement.
“A CONEQ corrected system provides tremendous benefits,” says DeLoria. “First of all, it just plain sounds better. The sound techs at Burning Man who witnessed the setup procedure and heard CONEQ when it was first introduced into the system, said that it sounded like a heavy carpet or pad had been removed from in front of the loudspeakers.”
Bruce Collins, chief system technician stated, “CONEQ put five hours of effort with my usual alignment equipment to shame. It was hard to believe how much the system improved from barely 5 minutes of work. Like waving a magic wand! I will definitely use this piece of gear in the future.”
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