Dallas (June 14, 2006)–At the International Dallas Guitar Festival in Dallas Market Hall, Peavey debuted its new Versarray system recently. Artists such as Gary Hoey, Jerry Donahue put the system through its paces at the indoor Peavey Stage, which had a = coverage area measuring 400 feet long and 160 feet wide with a 20-foot flat ceiling (a full 30 percent of the entire venue).
“The room was very difficult–concrete floor, concrete walls and a metal ceiling,” said Don Boomer, Peavey sound reinforcement product manager. “It was an airplane hangar, basically, with a 4.8-second delay time. That’s astronomical. You can’t get rid of that time; you have to make the system penetrate to the listener without bouncing back and forth off the surfaces.”
Boomer and Peavey audio veteran Ladd Temple used 16 dual ribbon-equipped Versarray 112 top boxes with Crest Audio Pro 9200 and Pro 5200 amplifiers. A pair of Versarray 218 subs supported the line arrays, and four QW 218 subs, bandpassed low and powered by four Crest Audio Pro 9200 amps, were added to control the power alley that ran down the center of the hall.
“We used a soft 2.5-degree curve between the upper six boxes in each line array and 5 degrees between the lower two boxes,” said Boomer. “Because of the ribbons’ true cylindrical projection, the ribbons work optimally at those angles. Smaller adjustments are simply unnecessary with a true line-source array. The ribbons project as a flat, planar sound source; it’s a true column effect.”
Temple configured 12 bi-amped monitor mixes through a 40-channel Crest Audio console, each mix driven by a Peavey CS 1400 amp for the highs and a CS 4000 for the lows to accommodate up to 14 guitar players, two drummers, a bass player and a Hammond B-3 at any given time.