St. Louis, MO (March 11, 2010)-- Spectra Audio Systems’ new Turbosound Flex Array rig recently blasted off Winter Warpdrive, a yearly electronic music event at the Roberts Orpheum Theater in St. Louis, MO. Promoter PanOptic Productions achieved a record 1,700 ticket sales for the sold-out Winter Warpdrive event on February 6th at the historic Roberts Orpheum Theater, with headlining attractions Eddie Halliwell, Bluetech and Mimosa, as well as local favourites Ready, Andy B and Cypher, mixing up traditional dance flavors with downtempo and livetronica.
Spectra Audio Systems is a St. Louis based event production company formed in 1994 by partners Timothy Kresko and Casey Hunter to provide sound systems for local area bands. Over the years they have expanded their inventory, and have provided audio for Disney, ESPN X Games, and World Changers Ministries, as well as theater companies and major label artists.
Systems techs Josh Limpert and Arthur Basil Shaw configured the Flex Array PA each side of the stage with nine deep flown TFA-600HDP tops, and a single stack of five TSW-218DP double 18” folded horn subs on the floor with a further sub for in-fill. System control was provided via BVNet by XTA processors.
According to Kresko, the 75° horizontal dispersion from the mid/highs avoided exciting the sides of the venue, enhancing overall intelligibility and helping to maintain a clear, well defined stereo image. “The system really tamed this notoriously live space,” he adds.
Kresko feels that the Flex Array sounded more cohesive than other line array and point-source systems that he has previously used for Winter Warpdrive. “Usually, an hour or so of tuning is required to get this venue to sing,” he says, “but this time it was GO straight out of the box – we didn’t touch any EQ anywhere. It was too easy. I kept having the thought that the tight performance of the 10” drivers was a key factor. The rig is very musical in the mid-bass compared to other systems we’ve used that employ 15” drivers for that pass band, yet it still had enough punch to not leave you wanting, like some of the other so-called midsize line array systems can do. The 10s blended perfectly with the subs. You know you’ve got it right when you can close your eyes and not hear any one frequency band as an individual entity.”