Las Vegas, NY (February 24, 2011)–The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, held at Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, found the event supported by a massive Electro-Voice PA supplied by Houston, TX-based LD Systems.
The Wrangler NFR is the premier championship rodeo event in the United States, with 21 events and performances over 17 days. Participants compete for the largest rodeo prize money in the world, and winners can walk away with not only a golden belt buckle, but also in excess of $200,000.
Keeping the excitement pumped up at the NFR for both announcing and live entertainment was an Electro-Voice sound system provided by rodeo audio specialists LD Systems of Houston. The system was manned by LD’s Bill Johnson, Rudy Guillen, and Darreld Yost. “This system was originally purchased to provide audio for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo,” Johnson says, “which is the six-time consecutive winner of the annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association award for large indoor rodeo.”
The system was based on four center-hung line arrays, each at 90 degrees to the next to cover the arena’s 360-degree seating area. Each array was made up of three XLC215 dual 15-inch subwoofer line-array elements over eight XLC127DVX compact full-range elements. The system was powered by 32 Electro-Voice TG7 amplifiers, using FIR filters to optimize the audio feed to the characteristics of the loudspeaker components.
Overall system processing and routing was handled by a pair of Electro-Voice NetMax N8000-1500 controllers. “The NetMax units provided us with multiple matrix sends for various areas,” Johnson says, “including ESPN’s audio for broadcast, in-house Red Vision for video archiving, sound for the adjacent Pavilion, auxiliary sends to the building, and a 70-volt distributed system out back for the contestants.”
The amplifiers and controllers were configured and operated via a wireless tablet using Electro-Voice’s IRIS-Net software. “The separate template pages setup for the TG7 amplifiers and the NetMax controllers made it easy to adjust shading levels and delays,” Johnson says.