Italy (April 13, 2006)–Turbosound’s Aspect modular point-source loudspeaker system was put through its paces each day at SIB 2006’s Third Edition of Sound Power, held outside the main south entrance of Rimini’s Fiera.
Each day, six loudspeaker manufacturers demonstrated their products to (as the organizers explained) ‘definitively confirm the sector’s new trend of offering sound reinforcement rigs with cutting edge performance but a small footprint, to ensure considerable saving in time and costs and allow them to be used in small to medium sized venues, as well as locations such as sports arenas, town squares and stadia.’
Organized by Italian distributor Audio Link, and supplied by Aspect partner and Dutch distributor Bourgonje Audio, the Turbosound system comprised six TA-890H three-way touring mid/highs–flown two wide and three deep–three TA-890L touring bass cabinets and two TSW-218 ground stacked subwoofers, powered by Turbosound-badged MC2 T-25 and T-45 amplifiers and controlled via an XTA DP226 processor.
The system was flown on two one ton motors to stop the ever-present wind from blowing the cluster around, although Aspect is light enough to allow up to a 12-box array to be flown from a single point.
The system was run completely flat, without any EQ at all, taking 20 minutes to stack and fly the entire PA, and five minutes to get everything sounding as they wanted it.
“Hanging Aspect outside with all these other systems was quite a daunting prospect,” said Turbosound’s European sales manager Dominic Harter. “But I was extremely pleased with the way it performed. We were able to set up in no time at all and the results from such a small number of enclosures were fantastic with no EQ required. It really is ‘turn it on and the gig begins’, which is what touring is supposed to be about.
“The weather was extremely windy over the four days and gave Aspect a chance to really demonstrate the benefits of point source clusters under those conditions,” added Harter. “I had nothing but really positive comments from the engineers involved in the demo and customers alike. By the organizers insisting on everyone having the same source material, people felt they got a genuine comparison, and for Aspect to perform so well against the ubiquitous line arrays was really impressive. We will definitely be having this kind of presence at Rimini in the future.”