Costa Mesa, CA (March 9, 2007)–Alison Krauss and Union Station have been filling large arenas and sheds in recent years with their take on bluegrass and country. “Touring with Alison and Union Station gets more sonically challenging every year,” noted Cliff Miller of Greensboro, NC-based SE Systems, a sound company with extensive bluegrass and acoustic music sound reinforcement experience.
“The band is essentially a small group of acoustic musicians, and that type of music doesn’t always translate well in larger spaces. This show is intimate and subtle, and the dynamics onstage are especially important. These are just the kinds of attributes that can get lost in big venues.”
Miller and SE Systems have been touring with Krauss and Union Station since early in this decade, with soundman Bernie Velluti at the FOH mix position. These days, Velluti is joined by monitor engineer Mark Richards and Cliff Miller’s 24 year-old daughter Haley Miller, who manages stacks and racks. A total of 48 full-range cabinets culled from the SE Systems inventory received the call for current house PA needs, all of which receive PowerLight amplification from QSC in the form of 22 PowerLight PL6.0s for the house, and a pair of PL 224s from the PowerLight2 Series plus two PowerLight PL4.0 amps for frontfills.
“In amphitheaters, we like to crank it up a little, as people listening in these kinds of environments aren’t expecting a quiet show,” Miller further related. “We’ve actually measured 98-100 dB SPL at FOH on some occasions, and the crowds love it. The tonal quality we get out of our loudspeaker arrays is directly related to our PowerLights. They provide the headroom we need for any venue and accurately reproduce every transient of the acoustical instruments, along with all of the dynamics you’d experience in a much more intimate environment.”
Running at 240 volts across the board, SE Systems’ PowerLight collection facilitates the use of smaller-gauge cable and 50-amp connectors at the racks, plus the ability to work anywhere that has a 200-amp electrical service. “We draw more current turning on the amps than we do throughout an entire show,” Miller reported. “Running at a higher voltage keeps things cooler, saves us money, and gives us a good feeling knowing that we’re conserving resources too.”