From left, Cerritos Center FOH engineer Jack Hayback, Klugh show engineers Brian Rachko and Melissa Britton, Cerritos monitor engineer Kerry Dowling and Yamaha’s Mark Rush with Nexo 45 N-12 line monitors.New York, NY (April 15, 2011)–Engineer Melissa Britton recently used Nexo’s new 45 N-12 12-inch line monitors for Earl Klugh and his band at a recent show held at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in California.
Although filling in at front of house on a Yamaha PM1D for this particular show, Britton normally mixes monitors using Yamaha digital consoles for Klugh. Brian Rachko mixed monitors for the Cerritos gig on the house Yamaha PM5D.
“I have to say that I could not hear the stage at all while I was at front of house,” states Britton. “The Nexo line monitors were super clean. I went on stage a couple times during soundcheck and was amazed by the separation from mix to mix.”
In addition to Klugh, Britton is currently working with Dave Koz, Sheila E., and Al Jarreau. “The artists I work with on a regular basis are always looking for high fidelity sound with volume, as opposed to ‘just get it as loud as it will go, no matter how it may end up sounding in the end.’ It is rare that you can turn a wedge on and up and it sounds great with zero EQ and zero feedback. If you have a great desk like a Yamaha PM5D and incredible wedges like the Nexo 45N-12, it would be virtually impossible to have anything but an awesome show.”
On Al Jarreau’s gig, Britton says the overall stage volume is relatively quiet and finds that mixing quietly is challenging in that the musicians have to be able to hear everything clearly without overpowering each other, or Jarreau. “High fidelity is a must, and the Nexo wedges would be perfect in this environment. The sound is so focused and the clarity across the full audio spectrum is great at both high and low volume levels.”
The Nexo 45 N-12 aims to provide a higher SPL from the cabinet before feedback and sharp side attenuation. The arrayable line monitor reportedly has a frequency response of 55 Hz-19kHz ±3db with 30-degree horizontal coverage, 22.5-degree diagonal (Coupling Plane) coverage and asymmetrical vertical coverage of 60° constant level from zero to 8 ft.
Guitarist Klugh said, “the Nexo wedges are great sounding, well-balanced floor monitors. They have a lot of life and the clarity is outstanding; some of the best I have ever heard!”
David Lee, producer, writer, and Klugh keyboardist, who with George Clinton co-wrote “Atomic Dog,” said of the Nexo 45 N-12, ”Oh man, when I walked up to my riser, I only had to hit one note to hear the incredible quality and clarity of the Nexo wedges. When I hit that one note I said, ‘Oh, my God!’ As a live performer on keys, I’ve always preferred live monitors instead of IEMs, and these monitors sounded like I had IEMs on. I will be recommending to Earl that we have the Nexo wedges added to the rider.”
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