An EV XLD line array is at the heart of The Slowdown club in Omaha.Omaha, NE (February 25, 2008)–Emo stalwart Bright Eyes (AKA Conor Oberst) may have made his name on the international stage, but now he owns one in his hometown. Saddle Creek Records, the label he co-founded, has opened The Slowdown, a new 470-capacity bar and club in downtown Omaha that hosts live performances by regional and touring artists of all genres.
Ohio-based A/V system integrators SoundCom installed three sound systems at the venue, including main and small club systems featuring Electro-Voice loudspeakers and subwoofers. Brendan Dillon, senior engineer, SoundCom explained how the install came about, noting, “A few years back, one of the Saddle Creek bands performed through a system SoundCom designed at Washington DC’s legendary 9:30 Club. They liked what they heard and asked SoundCom to design a similar system for the Slowdown. We worked with our EV reps CL Pugh to put together system designs and EASE modeling, and arrived at the XLD line array as the ideal solution for their needs.
In total, the club system includes 14 XLD281s, backed by four QRx218S dual 18″ subs; meanwhile, the monitor rig includes eight Xw15A stage monitors and a single FRi181S single 18″ sub. Midas Verona desks are used at both FOH and monitor positions.
“The XLD is perfect for a venue of this size, as its small size keeps the sightlines clear without any compromises in SPL or coverage,” Dillon said. “And, aside from size, the XLD simply sounds good-very warm and natural, a cut above. We’re pleased that the XLD has helped The Slowdown become a renowned venue; they’ve received a lot of positive reviews for sound quality, and it’s already become a preferred tour stop for bands visiting the region.”