New York (February 1, 2010)—ZZ Top recently brought some of its trademark Texas guitar boogie to Canada for a string of concert dates performed through a Martin Audio PA.
With Briere Production Group Inc. of Burnaby, British Columbia handling the production chores, the tour was in the words of Chris Briere, “a standard Arena run, but we also had a couple of theater dates, so we needed a flexible, compact and powerful system to handle the different types of coverage needed. The Martin Audio arrays were typically 16 W8LCs per side plus eight W8LCs per side for side hangs and outfills. This rig was flexible enough to accommodate both single and dual point hangs depending on available points in some venues.”
ZZ’s sound was provided by 30 Martin Audio WSX subs powered by Martin MA 2.8 and 4.2 amplifiers. FOH engineer Toby Francis oversaw a DiGiCo SD8 console with Dolby Lakes and Eventide processing, while monitor engineer Jacob Mann also used a SD8 with Sennheiser and IEM microphones.
In preparation for the tour, the Briere Production Group team worked directly with Martin Audio engineers in London to pioneer a Cardioid Sub design for the WSX. As Briere adds, “The result worked exactly as designed and our System Tech, Rico, also worked on other sub-pattern stacks and designs throughout the tour.” The crew used Martin’s Viewpoint software day to day and Display for the first date of the tour.
Asked to comment about the sound, Francis and Mann pointed out that the Martin Audio was a “good, clean sounding box with fast rigging and great coverage.”