Boston (August 2, 2004)–Scorpio Sound (West Bridgewater, MA) recently provided sound at the Ninth Annual WBCN River Rave at Mansfield, MA’s Tweeter Center. The day-long show presented rock acts like Jane’s Addiction, Beck, and AFI, all of which were heard via a sizable JBL VerTec line array rig.
The Tweeter Center’s architecture can be problematic for sound engineers; approximately half the venue’s seats are covered by a ceiling, while the other half are uncovered, presenting some unusual acoustical characteristics. “Because of the presence of that roof, we needed a system that would provide maximum directivity in a predictable manner,” said George Wehrling, senior engineer of Scorpio Sound and lead technician at the River Rave.
To that end, Wehrling and his team utilized Scorpio’s VerTec system, with a dozen VT4889 elements arranged on each side of the stage, along with another 12 VT4880 subs per side (eight hanging and four on the ground). “We’re very familiar with this venue due to work with various rigs, and the sound is markedly better with VerTec,” Wehrling said. “We could direct the sound where we wanted it, and were able to keep direct sound away from the roof surfaces. The PA throws a long distance, so we were able to get a near-field sound quality for all audience areas.”
Another unusual element to the River Rave was the stage setup, which consisted of a circular, rotating stage split in half by a curtain. As one band would finish, the stage would turn 180 degrees, revealing another band that began playing almost immediately. While this arrangement placed an emphasis on time management, Wehrling said that tight communications within the production crew allowed the show to go off without a hitch. “The time issue turned out not to be a problem at all,” he said. “We would line-check the following act using a wireless intercom system as the current act was playing. We had four guys dealing with one stage, and it moved quite quickly and smoothly.”