Richmond, VA (July 5, 2007)––Rock The Boat, a four-day celebration in late May honoring 400th Anniversary of Virginia’s famous colony, was celebrated many ways, with speeches, musical performances, a special concert by the Richmond Symphony orchestra, and even a replica of Godspeed, the tiny boat that brought the colonists to America. The concert, however, is what drew the crowds, and it featured sound provided by Soundworks, mixed on an APB-DynaSonics Spectra Series Ti 48 console.
The Richmond Symphony orchestra recently performed through an APB-DynaSonics Spectra Series Ti 48 console. The full 40-piece orchestra, which played a varied selection of American originals and patriotic tunes, presented a challenge. As Steve Payne, company head and chief engineer described it, “It was tough because of the number of instruments and a very large, very discerning audience. The biggest challenge was covering 6.000 people outside so that everyone in the back could hear without crushing the people up front.”
In addition to the APB-DynaSonics Spectra Series Ti 48 console, the system included two hangs of Turbosound Aspect speakers, Lab.gruppen amps, XTA system processors, BSS EQs and dynamics processing, Yamaha, Lexicon and TC Electronic effects processors and Shure, Audix and EV microphones.
Asked about the APB console, a fairly recent addition to the Soundworks arsenal, Payne noted, “The first thing we had to do was ring the system out so we could get maximum gain before feedback. Once we’d done that, it was all about the tone from those instruments and the APB board is absolutely phenomenal for that. It’s a really terrific tool. The orchestra had their own engineer who’d never used one of these consoles and he was thrilled with it. He didn’t feel hampered in any way compared to the consoles he’s used to.
“This board needs less EQ because the mic pres sound so good,” Steve continues. “And when you need to use the EQ, it’s really responsive. On our rock and pop music shows, we’ll use plenty of outboard gear, like BSS comps and gates and for the ‘melted butter to dip your lobster in,’ we use tube gear like Summit or the vintage-designed Universal Audio 1176. On this show, it was all done from the channel strip. The only outboard the engineer used was a touch of reverb from a Lexicon PCM 90.”
The crew for “Rock The Boat” included Grant Howard (system tech); Bob Lipford (monitor engineer); Erin-Noe Payne (stage tech) and, of course, Steve Payne as FOH engineer.