New York (August 8, 2006)–UK live sound provider RG Jones, spent its 80th anniversary covering four simultaneous events on a weekend in July. The company’s Martin Synco W8LC line array system was put to use on that weekend at the English Heritage site of Audley End near Saffron Walden. With the house itself providing a nice stage backdrop, it was the perfect picnic venue for some 6,500 people to assemble for the first in the “Music on a Summer Evening” series, featuring Simple Minds.
Martin Audio W8LC line arrays hang either side of Simple Minds’ stage at a concert in Audley end near Saffron Walden in the UK.Simple Minds specified a choice of PA systems on their rider, Martin Audio being among them. The band is certainly no stranger to the brand, having played regularly through Martin Audio’s classic F2 system during its heyday.
Using ViewPoint predictive software, RG Jones mounted two arrays of 16 Martin Synco W8LCs either side of the stage on masts, specially constructed on site by Serious Structures, which also provided its Orbit stage. This lineup was reinforced by eight WLX subs per side; some near fills and three delay positions set 100 meters back, each carrying six W8LCs.
RG Jones’ system tech Steve Carr remarked, “The Martin Synco system is one of the easier arrays to rig; these are very neat masts and are capable of holding four tons; we come in at just under a ton per side.”
Carr used a combination of Martin Audio’s dedicated processors and XTA DP224/DP226 to set the crossovers in the main PA and delays. “Using the DP226 in the master rack enables us to gain greater control of the HF further up the array and gain more coverage at the back once the crowds come in,” he said. “The most important thing is to be able to cover the whole site.”