Minneapolis, MN (July 27, 2004)–Minneapolis’ fifth annual Hot Summer Jazz Festival took place throughout June; more than 90 acts performed on both the main outdoor stages and at local venues. For the second year in a row, Telex Communications was a sponsor of the festival, supplying Dynacord, Electro-Voice, Klark Teknik and Midas sound reinforcement equipment for the various concert stages, clubs and live-broadcast facilities, in conjunction with a number of local sound production companies and professionals.
Manning FOH at the Mercedes-Benz Main Stage on Peavey Plaza for Hiromi’s performance was Neal Wallace of production services company Event Pro (Hastings, MN). Wallace mixed on a 32-channel Midas Verona, various Klark Teknik processors and a plethora of EV microphones, all running through a ‘plug in and play’ Dynacord Cobra compact line array system, featuring a prewired and programmed amplifier rack. EV microphones used on the main stage included the N/D478 (multi-purpose), the RE510 (premium vocal condenser), the N/D468 (drum/instrument), the N/D868 (kickdrum), and the longtime saxophonist’s favorite, the RE20 (broadcast/studio). The concert series was broadcast live on Twin Cities jazz station KBEM-FM.
Wallace reported on the performance of this year’s rig: “This year we’re using Cobra-4 PWH subs in the system, running just one sub at left and right below three Cobra-2 Top boxes. We’re in an open-air setting, basically a shallow amphitheater surrounded by buildings, with the audience spread out all over the place. This would initially seem to be a very tricky environment for sound production, but the Cobra’s intelligibility and coverage was amazing right off the bat. Keeping the subs to a minimum lets them breathe into their surroundings; the lows carry on their own, leaving us more control with the way the mids and highs work in this space. For monitors we’re using the new Dynacord M15s and EV SxA360 powered boxes, which help things sound just as good onstage.”