West Bridgewater, MA (June 14, 2005)–Massachusetts-based Scorpio Sound recently purchased seven Lake Contour digital speaker processors, configured as two complete systems, to provide multi-zone speaker optimization of its touring audio systems. Lake Contour’s DSP-based speaker processing features are controlled by Scorpio Sound’s engineers using wireless touch screen tablets supplied with each of the two systems.
Scorpio senior engineer George Wehrlin used the Lake Contour system at Boston’s Tweeter Center in late May during the KISS Concert 2005, which featured Will Smith, Rob Thomas, Gwen Stefani, Black Eyed Peas, Backstreet Boys, Good Charlotte, and many others. “I used one Contour to control my main front hang, another to handle the subs, which I zone differently, one for my outer hangs, and a fourth unit for my various zones of fill speakers,” he said.
Regarded as the “granddaddy” of the many radio station summer concerts in the U.S., this year’s KISS Concert was the 26th annual celebration of WXKS 108 FM’s birthday. “I’ve been doing this show for 10 years,” Wehrlin commented. “But this year, the Lake Contours saved me so much time. I was able to walk around the side of my array, shut off what I didn’t want to hear, look at SmaartLive right on my tablet, and tune my side arrays with no guessing, standing right in front of them. At most of these events you’re not given a lot of time to begin with, so Lake Contour made our job that much more efficient.”
Compared to previous processors that Scorpio has used, he said, the power of Contour’s DSP is also noticeable. With other systems, he observed, “They’re limited in how much EQ you can use and how many filters are available. But with the Lake, we can do anything we want to. Plus, the router works great and there are no dropouts. It’s just been super.”
Wehrlin, who has long been the front of house mixer for Meat Loaf, is looking forward to using the Lake Contours again, when the singer hits the road later this year. “We’re going to be taking them on tour in August and September in the States, with Scorpio Sound and the JBL VerTecs.”