A McCauley M.Line PA was used at Toronto’s recent festival of the Lady of Lights.Toronto (November 27, 2007)–ACS Productions Sound and Lighting of Ontario, Canada recently deployed a new McCauley M.Line compact line array rig for Toronto’s festival of the Lady of Lights, working with local provider 5 Star Productions.
Steve Ferreira of 5 Star Productions remarked, “We’ve been doing this celebration about eight years; what’s great is that it’s free to the public and goes on for about four days. St. Matthews Church throws the event for the parish every year, but this is the first year we decided to use a line array system to reach all in attendance.”
ACS set up 5 Star Productions with a total of 18 M.Line cells for the show–14 M90s and four M120s–as well as a Midas Verona 36 channel console, dbx 482 drive rack and Crown 3600’s to power the whole system. Liberato “Lee” Correia, sound engineer and event photographer for ACS, remarked, “Everyone seemed to really enjoy the show a lot. The McCauley M.Line really threw the sound very well and with 9 boxes per side, it really helped the coverage factor.”
“Since I had never used McCauley Sound full speaker systems before, I was really pleased with the performance of the box,” said Correia. “I always knew that McCauley made fantastic drivers, but it was really great to hear the whole set up in action. On top of that, as a sound engineer, I can really appreciate the amount of time it takes to fly the hardware. The efficiency of using the Line Array Calculator to get set up is great. All you have to do is get the holes lined up and in a matter of minutes you have flown the whole array.”
“What really impressed me,” remembers Steve “was when the main headliner on Saturday night played traditional Portuguese guitar. It just sounded so crisp, so clean and so warm that I couldn’t believe my ears. Portuguese guitar is hard to mix clearly indoors; it was truly incredible to hear it so clearly at an outdoor event. On top of that, I mixed the whole event, all four days. Regular people would come up just to tell me that it was the best year for the festival. The sound quality and the stage set up were much better than years past. Not only was the public input heard, but the performers as well.”
Since the Lady of Lights festival, Lee has gotten some contact from surrounding production companies regarding the system. “It’s interesting, other people in the industry have contacted us to talk about how well the concert was dialed in and how great all the gigs have sounded since we’ve been using this line array system for production. After the Lady of Lights, the M.Line has really started generating a lot of interest.”
McCauley Sound, Inc.