New York (June 5, 2009)–Ever watch a stand-up comedian bomb so badly that he taps the mic, saying “Is this thing on?” That doesn’t happen to Jeff Dunham–not only does he get big laughs, playing for sold-out arena crowds on his current Spark of Insanity tour, but his audio is definitely on, thanks to support from Columbus, OH-based LIVE! Technologies, which is using an Electro-Voice PA for the journey.
The tour’s extensive run includes stops at American Airlines Arena in Dallas and the HP Pavilion in San Jose. To meet the challenges posed by such imposing venues, Dunham and his crew turned to Electro-Voice X-Array and X-Line loudspeakers for the job.
The “Spark of Insanity” touring rig comprises 12 X-Line boxes on mains, six X-Array enclosures for side hangs, and a pair of Xw12A speakers for the monitor mix, all powered by EV P3000 amplifiers. According to the LIVE! crew, the system’s low-frequency control and uniform power response help Dunham’s voice reach the very back rows of every arena every night with reportedly warm, intelligible sound.
Founded as a sound and lighting touring company, LIVE! Technologies has adapted, adding to its list of services over the past thirty years. These days, the company also tackles work for corporate clients and event planners, and also offers production management and creative services.
For the Spark of Insanity tour, LIVE! Technologies’ crew includes Matt Reid, Lighting Director; Brian Mann, Lighting Technician; Montie Temple, FOH Engineer; Doug Maynard, Audio Technician; Brandon Mendenhall, Video Director, Kelly Walsh, Video Technician; Timothy Bates, Camera Operator/Carpenter; Steve Quinn, Crew Chief/Head Rigger Steve Quinn. LIVE! also provides two truck drivers: Mike Skrastins and Matt Claus.