Dallas (March 7, 2007)–Professional sporting events are more than just the games themselves these days, augmented by top-notch entertainment enhanced by first-class production elements becoming the rule rather than the exception. This axiom played out in force at the recent 2007 National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game, where Gemini Sound of Dallas was called upon to provide a full-scale concert sound reinforcement system in support of several live music performances by country act The Wreckers (featuring Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp) and emerging alternative rockers Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
The Wreckers in pre-game reheasals, as viewed on the huge video screens, with one of the EAW KF760 Series line arrays provided by Gemini Sound flown in the foreground.Gemini Sound provided sound reinforcement and support for the event. “The NHL is a very good group to work with–they’re very clear about what they want and then let you go about getting it done,” noted Tim Cain, president of Gemini Sound. Cain and his team formulated a main system based upon EAW KF760 line arrays, with two arrays covering the two “sides” of the arena joined by single arrays to handle each “end.” All arrays were flown from trusses, well out of TV camera sightlines, and the 48 total boxes were divided into identical array structures. All arrays were comprised of four KF760 modules flown above four KF761 modules to supply the much wider horizontal coverage required of the ever-widening main level seating all the way to the playing surface.
To punch up the low end even further, Gemini Sound built custom platforms to fly 10 EAW SB1000 dual-18-inch-loaded subwoofers per side. Each platform accommodated five over five stacks of SB1000’s, positioned to each side of the venue’s main scoreboard structure along both “long” sides of the arena. “The subs added a nice bit of warmth to the signature, which goes with a true live concert-style presentation,” Cain added.
Gemini Sound’s Chad Cain and Mike Milligan served as primary system techs for the event, with Chad Cain also providing the monitor mix for the set by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Meanwhile, Jason Litt, a long-time Gemini Sound colleague now with the Dallas office of RTKL Associates, also came on board to assist guest mix engineers using the system as well as providing expert system tuning with an assist from EAW Smaart sound system measurement and analysis software.
In an interesting caveat, the NHL asked that the concert system be utilized in tandem with the existing arena house system, and further, Gemini Sound would be responsible for all entertainment audio while the arena sound personnel would handle PA and affiliated duties. “Probably the biggest single challenge of this project was getting the two systems to complement each other and present a single seamless source,” said Chad Cain. “This was done largely via delay and then working on the tonality of the house system so that it matched up with our system, which was the NHL’s stated preference. Despite the fact that the house system is configured in an ‘octagon’ shape due to its positioning around the scoreboard, while the line arrays were in a ‘rectangular’ configuration, we were able to keep working the delay to get everything in sync.”