Grand Cayman Island (February 28, 2006)–Two days on a beautiful beach in the Cayman Islands listening to jazz acts such as keyboardist George Duke, vocalist Al Jarreau, guitarist Earl Klugh, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and gospel vocalist Yolanda Adams. Sounds like a good idea to us. It also sounded pretty good to Paul van Puffelen of Southern Technical Support and Charles Gregory of Hopscotch Sound, who both provided audio for the Cayman Jazz Festival with the help of a Martin Audio-based PA.
A Martin Audio V8LC rig was used for the first Cayman Jazz Festival, shown here just before doors opened for the evening set.The two-day festival, held in January, was the result of a collaboration between the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and BET (Black Entertainment Network) Jazz, in hopes that the Jazz Fest will soon be a staple of the Caymans and other Caribbean islands.
Van Puffelen and his company, Southern Technical Support of Miami became involved with the production thanks to Gregory and Caymans-based Hopscotch Sound; Gregory has been running a successful recording studio in the Caymans for quite some time and had asked Puffelen to augment his live rig, which originally consisted of two Martin Audio W8s per side over two WSX subs.
In order to achieve the long throw (250-feet deep) required by the client, van Puffelen and Gregory consulted with Rob Hofkamp of Martin Audio North America to come up with a line array system for the event featuring four W8LC (Compact) cabinets per side over five WSX subs per side with four W8S cabinets in the middle.
Crowds for the event, actually held on a restored abandoned property literally on the beach with sunsets and passing cruise ships in the background, averaged approximately 3,000 and the audio quality was top-notch throughout.
The overall system included eight Martin Audio W8LCs and eight W8s, 10 WSXs and four W8S cabinets, with 14 Martin Audio LE-700 monitors on stage. Power was provided by Lab Gruppen, Martin Audio and BGW, with a processing array that included BSS Soundweb 3088s, Klark-Teknik DN360 EQs and BSS DPR-404 quad limiters. Soundcraft and Midas consoles were used.
Asked to comment on the client’s reaction van Puffelen stated, “Everyone was amazed at how good it sounded, considering it was outdoors and we weren’t using any delays.”