This year’s Freedom Fest in Tampa Bay, FL doubled as an educational event for Adamson Systems Engineering as it hosted a clinic on sound system design and technology aimed for church facilities.Tampa Bay, FL (September 10, 2008)–The 2008 Freedom Festival, headlined by multi-Dove award nominee Matthew West, was held this year in Florida Classic Park, and with close to 30,000 people in attendance it became the largest event of its kind held on Florida’s West Coast. Adamson Systems Engineering and hire company Atomic Professional Audio, based in Rutland, VT, sponsored the 2008 concert sound system.
Adamson concurrently hosted a clinic on sound system design and technology aimed for church facilities of all sizes and styles of worship. The clinic which was held immediately following West’s soundcheck on the FreedomFest main stage, featured Benoit Cabot (Adamson tour support) and Adam MacGillivray (Adamson sales and support) covering fundamentals of system design, demonstration of Shooter, Adamson’s predictive sound design software, along with various Adamson speaker products.
Sound design for the entire FreedomFest PA was executed by Jesse Adamson using the Shooter software and featured 24 Adamson Y18s, 8 Y10s and a dozen T-21subs on the ground as the main rig, with an additional four Spektrix Ws as front fills. The PA, which was powered entirely by Lab.gruppen and processed with XTA, was specified by the event production manager Brian Haas after hearing it on the current Linkin Park tour.
The location and set-up included some problem spots, as Haas noted: “Due to the positioning of the stage in relation to the audience field, not only did we have a very wide area to cover, but had to shoot over a crest of a hill. To make matters worse, we were not able to get the full trim height we wanted, because of the positioning of the lifts for the PA.”
MacGillivray, Cabot and Evan McElhinney (Atomic Pro Audio system tech) spent over an hour tuning the PA: “They were being more thorough than anyone I have ever seen, and the results were fantastic! They not only attained amazingly even coverage over the crest of the hill, but back beyond the actual seating area, with a well controlled drop-off. The horizontal coverage was also remarkable, specifically the coverage of the far side of the field that was achieved without any additional PA,” said Haas.
Front of House engineer Matt Payne, who mixed on a Midas Heritage, was reportedly pleased with the clarity and even coverage of the Y-Axis.. A Crest monitor console was run by Chris Mertler. Greg Herndon, owner and system engineer for Mojoe Productions, which provided the consoles and monitor rig, was blown away by the performance and ease of setup. He specifically pointed to the T-21 subs, remarking, “(Subs) are usually the weak spot in line array systems.”
Rick Maya, Executive Director of Faith Tampa Bay stated to Haas that he would like to use Adamson Systems for all future FreedonFests and FTB events, in particular because of the importance of vocal clarity for faith-based events.
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