Sacramento, CA (October 19, 2010)—This year’s Country in the Park music festival found Dierks Bentley, Jack Ingram and others playing to 11,000 people via a Martin Audio W8LC system.
The festival takes place on the Capital Mall between the state capital and the Sacramento River across four blocks. Sound was provided by Sacramento Production Services–specifically with Keith Wackford at FOH, Dwaine Wise on Monitors and Rick Stansby as System Tech.
In order to get the proper coverage for the fairly narrow but deep concert area, SACPS used 32 Martin Audio W8LC line array enclosures with 14 W8LS subwoofers, 8 WLX subwoofers, LE1500 floor monitors, and W8Cs and S218s for sidefills.
Other key equipment for the show included Lab.gruppen PLM 10000Q and PLM 14000, and QSC PL380 and PL236 amplifiers; Yamaha PM5D and Yamaha M7CL mixers; and Shure R series wireless microphones.
Wackford said he chose Martin Audio because, “It’s what the client wanted and needed. The trim height was a major factor. The uneven ground on which the roof structure was placed made getting as many speakers in as we could with what little trim height would be left very close.
“In the initial planning phase with the stage/roof company, we were going with 12 W8LCs per side, which would land the PA just over the top of the sound wings. But things always change, so we ended up being able to squeeze in 10 boxes per side. After looking at SPL coverage using Martin Audio’s display program to confirm that we would be fine with volume and coverage, we made last-minute angle changes to the hangs and went with 10 boxes per side.”
Keith added, “For sub placement, we went with ground stacks of 4x3x3x4 of Martin W8LS dual 18” subwoofers. Our System Tech, Rick Stansby and company president Steve Palmer were both amazed at how much low end was available. We could have turned off half the 14 subs and still had sufficient low-end to handle the needs of the artists!”
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