East Sussex, England (October 31, 2006)–Imogen Heap isn’t a household name in the U.S. but to fans of eclectic, artsy pop, she’s a legacy artist, having first turned up on the scene with the band Frou Frou in the mid-Nineties. These days, she’s out on her own and just finished a UK tour in October where sound rental company ESS used part of its new Turbosound Aspect system.
An extensive Turbosound Aspect PA was used on Imogen Heap’s recent UK tour.Gary Brookes is the front-of-house systems engineer for ESS alongside Mike Benson, Imogen’s front-of-house engineer, and Darren Connor who handles the monitor position for ESS.
At the Brighton Dome the system was comprised of eight TA-890H mid/high cabinets flown two wide by two deep a side, plus five TA-890L vertically ground stacked with two TSW-718 double 18 subwoofers aside. “We’re using the older 718s to emphasize the real low-end,” said Brookes. “This is a little out of the ordinary, but Turbosound has seen what we’re doing, time aligned it and is happy for us to do it.
“We’re also using TQ-440 three-way 12-inch speakers on stage for the very nearfield,” he said. “Because the TA-890H is quite a narrow box, the TQ-440s work very well at padding out the areas that don’t get quite as good coverage, like underneath the balcony where the sight line is disturbed, and right at the front where there’s a very nearfield to the sound stage.”
The system was powered by Turbosound-badged MC2 T-45 and T-25 amplifiers, with the T-45s powering the subs, lows and low-mids and the T-25s on the mid-highs and highs. Processing was from three XTA DP224 digital signal processors, one for left, one for right and one for the subs. “I haven’t designed any crossovers on this myself,” said Brookes. “But I know the XTAs sound better and don’t run out of processing power like the leading competitor and they have worked perfectly throughout the tour.”
Although at first glance it looked like a relatively small number of loudspeakers to cover venues such as the Dome in Brighton or Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Brookes had no complaints. “This is all the PA we have on the tour and it’s ample. It’s half of the first batch of Aspect that ESS had delivered, which they split in half to send out on two tours. It’s the minimum quota we need and it works really well. It’s never been too quiet. We’ve done venues like Bridgewater Hall and Colston Hall, as well as The Dome, and the system has worked really well in both those rooms.”