Atlanta (May 22, 2006)–In late April, Atlanta-based In Concert Productions, Inc. (ICP) provided production support for the NAS Atlanta “Angels Over Atlanta 2006” air show, featuring the United States Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. ICP put the latest additions to its inventory–EV XLC127+ line arrays, Xsubs, ZX5 and SxA250 boxes–to task in front of crowds that swelled to 50,000 people each day.
More than 50,000 people heard ICP Atlanta’s EV XLC127+ line arrays each day of the recent Angels Over Atlanta 2006 air show in late April.ICP president Jay Rabbitt noted that his company began doing air show production support over ten years ago, and he himself has always been a huge aviation buff, so it was a “natural transition” to provide turnkey production services for air shows. Since that time, ICP has worked with every major jet act–USN Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Snowbirds–as well as hundreds of other aerobatic acts and jet trucks. In fact, according to Rabbitt, it’s a little known fact that air shows draw more people than any other entertainment events in the world, including NASCAR. Some of these shows can have 1,000,000 people in attendance every day during a typical Friday/Saturday/Sunday schedule, with as many as 250,000 needing sound coverage over a two-mile space at the largest shows.
Crowds of this size require more than paging projectors on a 70V system, or a few speakers, microphones and a CD player. So, as well as designing distributed large-format EV sound reinforcement rigs specifically for these events, ICP’s service includes specialized staging, stage tops, special long-range audio transmitters, provision of specialized aircraft radios and antennas, coordination of music with the announcers, and interfacing with the FAA on many levels. Then, after these elements are addressed, ICP assembles the hardware to deliver a soundtrack worthy of the spectacle…
“Air show production is a niche market with specific requirements; to be part of this industry requires a high level of trust and cooperation among all parties involved,” Rabbitt said. “Using the XLC gives us the wide coverage and long throw we need to cover these audiences–all with distortion-free, full-bandwidth intelligibility and a small footprint that keeps the sightlines open. At every show we do, we get dozens of compliments on the sound from the audience, performers, and military and civilian brass. The show at NAS Atlanta was no different. In fact, the new XLC127+ rig not only got rave reviews, it literally brought audience members to tears during some particularly moving parts of the show.”