The stage waits for Jose Feliciano, graced by a pair of Martin Audio LE1200 wedges.Florida (January 8, 2008)-ASR ProEvents in Orlando recently provided full audio and backline support for Jose Feliciano's annual tour of the region. Throughout the run, a complement of Martin Audio speakers and monitor wedges were used.
According to ASR's director of Audio Productions Sergio Leenen, who served as monitor engineer, "Jose's shows are always very cool. He never works from a set list and loves to change things around. In the three days we worked with him, he only repeated two songs, offering his audience a variety of different material to keep things fresh and interesting."
For this tour, two keyboardists, a percussionist, drummer and bass player backed Jose's incandescent guitar playing and vocals. He appeared at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota (1736 seats), the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce (1200 seats) and the King Performing Arts Center in Melbourne, Florida (2000 seats). According to Leenen, concertgoers included "a wide variety of people from young kids to older folks and everything in between. Jose obviously attracts a lot of Spanish-speaking fans as well."
Leenen acknowledges that some of the venues presented unique acoustic challenges but that "ASR's experience in these theaters with rigs that have been flown and ground-stacked has taught us what we need to get an optimum sound."
The FOH system for the first show consisted of 10 Martin Audio W8LC line array enclosures ground-stacked five per side; with two Martin WSX subs per side and two W8LMD mini downfill speakers for front fills. Other key components included a Yamaha PMSD-RH digital console, QSC PowerLight and Crown amplification, a KT DN9848 digital system controller and KT DN3600 equalizer. FOH engineer was Jim Durkin, Feliciano's technical director.
For Monitors, the system consisted of 8 Martin Audio LE1200 and two LE2100 wedges, along with a Yamaha PM5D and QSC amplification. Asked about the monitors, Leenen responded, "Working with Martin Audio is always a breeze. Jose has perfect pitch and hears everything on stage, and he kept saying throughout the shows that the monitors sounded awesome. And we wouldn't want it any other way."