Denmark (August 5, 2004)–Danish PA company DPA Soundco equipped the Arena Stage and Ballroom Stage of this year’s Roskilde Festival with Nexo Geo T Series tangent arrays. The system provided sound for acts ranging from Scissor Sisters to the Royal Danish Opera. System designer Gorm Jakobsen was responsible for PA on three of Roskilde’s six stages this year, including the 11,000-capacity Arena Stage, the second largest, and the Ballroom stage, which hosted all the world music events.
Jakobsen has used a variety of sound systems in the huge tent that houses the Arena Stage. He noted, “They all worked, although, of the three, the line array was the best design for the space. However, this year, we used Geo T for the first time, and it was absolutely perfect. I’ve never heard anything like it in this tent.”
The system was set up with 14 T4805s and a pair of T2815s in each of the left and right arrays. The 8 CD18 subbass units either side of the stage had to be positioned about 10 meters away from the speaker hangs, giving an additional benefit of powerful sub bass in the outer areas of the tent. “We didn’t tune anything on the PA,” said Jakobsen, who was babysitting the artists’ engineers at the Midas Heritage 2000 FOH console. “We had flat EQ throughout, just a notch filter at about 3K. The only processor I used with the system was the new EQ station from TC Electronic.
“The Arena tent is about 60 metres deep, so it was quite a lot of boxes for the space. Because it is a rock ‘n’ roll stage, we wanted to have headroom in the system. I arrayed the top six boxes with 0.12° between them, and then made the ‘banana’ curve from there. Taking the high frequencies out on the top boxes by trimming the HF amplifier on half power meant that we were able to build up the low end and the mid-range, using the top boxes only for headroom…not a thing you’d normally do with a line array, but it worked spectacularly well.”
For the much smaller and more intimate Ballroom Stage, DPA Soundco supplied another Nexo Geo T system, configured with 5 T4805s and a T2815 cabinet in each array.