Rob Howitt of regional EV reps
AudioPros (left) and Mario Pregoni,
live sound production manager
for Ambient Sound, developed
an EV Tour X system for a weekly
concert event at Patriot Place.Foxborough, MA (August 17, 2009)–Patriot Place, with the help of Warwick, R.I.-based Ambient Sound Inc., recently specified a new Electro-Voice sound system for “Rock the Plaza” events at the 1.3 million square-foot mall adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, home of the New England Patriots. The new system has been used for the outdoor concert series, a weekly showcase for local musicians that runs from April to October each year on Patriot Place Plaza.
Mario Pregoni, live sound production manager for Ambient Sound, noted. “I did a walk-through of the venue to figure out logistics. The venue is directly outside of Gillette Stadium, at the north endzone entrance. The main stage area is set up in front of The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, which is part of Patriot Place. They have restaurants, shops, clubs, a movie theater, and a hotel. It’s a great venue but its all concrete, so it’s very reflective.”
Working with Rob Howitt of regional EV reps AudioPros, he chose Electro-Voice Tour X loudspeakers.”It’s a plug-and-play system that doesn’t need a genius to set up and operate,” says Pregoni. “These boxes sound great with minimal, if any, tweaking. The whole PA can be up and running within 20 minutes and taken down just as fast, which is perfect, because between the amount of foot traffic in that Plaza and the unpredictable weather, they don’t want a system that would take up too much room and take forever to put away. No one wants to have to break down a system in inclement weather.
“I use EV for everything I do – football, soccer, concerts, and corporate events – so it was an obvious choice to use Tour X for “Rock the Plaza”. Tour X really fit the theme and structure of the event very nicely. I also went with the CP Series amps, which I love. They’ve proven themselves driving our main rig and that speaks for itself; they work under the harshest conditions without fail. I spec’d DC-One and Klark Teknik gear for the same reason.”
The new system is a four-main, four monitor’s design that comprises two TX2152’s, two TX2181’s, and four TX1122FM stage monitors all powered by CP series amps. Pregoni also prescribed a compliment of EV N/DYM series microphones for input and included both a Klark Teknik Square One Dynamic processor and two Square One Graphic equalizers.
“The first time we used the rig, everyone was blown away,” says Pregoni. “Patriot Place is developing a reputation for great sound, and bands are telling each other to play here. The bands get so excited when they can actually hear themselves through the mix on stage. And, on top of it all, Ambient Sound can use this rig as a showcase for Tour X. We’ve never received so many complimentary e-mails about a system; people constantly tell us how great the equipment made them or their friends sound.”