Gulf Coast Sound recently installed
an Electro-Voice XLC sound system
at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.
Photo by Glen Clark.
Lafayette, LA (January 6, 2009)--A Electro-Voice XLC sound system was recently installed by Louisiana-based Gulf Coast Sound (GCS) and consultants Acoustic Dimensions (Dallas, TX) at the 12,086-seat Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.
Home for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's men and women's basketball teams as well as numerous local events and major concerts, the venue actually enjoyed an XLC system a few times before the installation took place, including during commencement ceremonie when GCS owner Larry Habetz brought in an XLC 127DVX system with FIR-Drive.
"We used an XLC rig and six EV microphones to cover the orchestra for the commencement demo," Habetz says, "and while we were still setting up, the orchestra began to warm up, so I pushed up the faders on our Midas Heritage mixing console, and my Front of House engineer turned to me and said, 'where did you get that CD?' I told him, 'that's the orchestra playing.' The system sounded that good running flat! Hearing the XLC convinced director Greg Davis and operations manager Phil Ashurst that the time was right. The job went out for bid, as per state policy, but no one else could match the XLC's sound quality."
At the core of the Cajundome's new system are six central XLC hangs. Four corner arrays each comprise six XLC 127DVX and six XLC 907DVX boxes (with 120- and 90-degree coverage patterns, respectively), each with two XLC215 subs on top. This installation marks the first time that 907DVX boxes have been used over 127DVX boxes; EV designed a special FIR preset for these four corner hangs. Both the east and west main hangs comprise 14 XLC 127DVX with two XLC215s; four FRX+940 loudspeakers are flown beneath the scoreboard, providing down-fill for court coverage.
Forty-eight P3000RL amplifiers power the system, and two NetMax N8000 system controllers handle all DSP, controlled via IRIS-Net software. A Midas Verona 240, a Klark Teknik Helix 9344E, and a Helix 9340E round-out a system that is 100-percent EV, Midas, and KT.
"The intelligibility of the XLC boxes and their ease of application are what set them apart," says Habetz. "Whenever we do a show and hang an XLC rig, it's so dynamic and intelligible out of the box that there's hardly any need for EQ'ing. It's easy to get what we're listening for. The XLC is hands-down the most articulate sound system I've ever heard. We've been using XLC since the first generation (2002), through the DVX woofer upgrade, and now with NetMax and FIR filters. This means our six year-old XLC boxes are still cutting edge--a great investment."