New York (June 28, 2007)–He may not be well known to the average music fan in the U.S., but overseas, Gary Moore is considered one of the greats. June saw the Irish guitarist / vocalist and his band touring the UK to promote his latest album, Close As You Can Get, with the blue of XTA front panels complementing his blues music.
Front of House engineer Dave Wooster. Taking in 1,200-3,000 capacity venues, the tour’s audio company Capital Sound provided a Martin Audio W8LC PA, driven by four XTA DP226s and a DP448 run digitally from the Yamaha PM5D FOH console. Front of House engineer Dave Wooster’s own DP324 SiDD completed the system’s complement of ‘blues’.
“What has been working really well for me,” he said, “is the combination of the Martin speakers and the XTA processors. This is traditional rock’n’roll-style blues, which needs depth but with clarity and drive. I set the EQ settings through crossovers with the XTAs and it’s driving the LCs really, really well. The bass has so much punch and depth to it.”
Wooster specifically requested the DP448, and noted, “The 448 gives me the option of sending two feeds to it–one for the flown system and one for the ground-stacked boxes. However, I can also group it down to a stereo feed and then matrix it from within the 448. This is a really powerful feature because it means some days I have got the option of running two separate EQ systems or, on others, one across the entire system. It makes it really flexible without having to re-patch cables every time we play a different theatre.”
Wooster is using AudioCore and a WISER wireless network to control the XTA units, so the system is very quick and intuitive to tune. Further XTA DP224s are on the monitor system operated by Gareth Williams, controlling the Martin Audio LE700 wedges. “It’s a very stripped down system,” says Wooster. “There’s just the four guys in the band and they all use wedges.”
He continues: “Overall it’s a really good system which, through all the years I have been using it, has worked well every time. The compression and EQ are very useable and if you get a problem area – for example, sometimes when Gary’s soloing the sound is inclined to overpower the rhythm section – the EQ just gently controls the sound without really tearing into it. It also shows off how good a guitar player Gary is. It’s very important that he has a very defined guitar sound and this system really delivers that.”
Group One, Ltd. (XTA US Distributor)