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ESI Audio Takes On Funshine Fest

ESI Audio of Tampa fielded a new Nexo STM main stage line array for the Funshine Fest, held on the fairgrounds of Florida State in Tampa in front of an audience of 20,000 people. The festival included performances by Train, The Smashing Pumpkins, REO Speedwagon, Styx, The Wallflowers, Cheap Trick and New Found Glory on the main stage.
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Tampa, FL (June 4, 2013)—ESI Audio of Tampa fielded a new Nexo STM main stage line array for the Funshine Fest, held on the fairgrounds of Florida State in Tampa in front of an audience of 20,000 people. The festival included performances by Train, The Smashing Pumpkins, REO Speedwagon, Styx, The Wallflowers, Cheap Trick and New Found Glory on the main stage.

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ESI provided audio production, and this year, the new Nexo STM was used as the Live Nation Amphitheatre main stage line array. Company president Erick Celeiro functioned as FOH tech and Ozzy Giron acted as monitor tech on the rig. The system consisted of 15 M46 per side flown, 15 B112 per side flown, 32 S118 subs ground stacked, 10 NUAR racks that included 2x 4x4 NXAmps, and four M46s stacked on S118 subs for front fills. The entire system ran from front of house via the Dante network to the amp racks. A Yamaha PM5D was at the front of house mix position.

Meanwhile, the outdoor Pavilion Stage used a Nexo Geo T line array along with a Yamaha CL5 at front of house used by mix engineer Jan Javier, with a CL1 at monitors for engineer Rob “DH” Durkee. “I felt very comfortable taking the CL out for the three-day festival with multiple bands, some with their own engineers, some without,” said Javier. "The CL screen is like the difference between a regular VHS tape and a Blue-Ray DVD. I was using AES outs all the way to the amps. The system sounded great, the desk was very easy to use from the first day. The next day, I put the Premium Racks Portico Compressor in stereo in the left and right, and what a difference, just passing through the unit; smooth and warm become the words to best describe the sound. I used the DCAs, as I am used to mixing that way. Assignments are very easy, and finding my way around the desk is simple and very intuitive.”

The Concourse Stage housed a Yamaha CL1 at front of house with mixing by Bryan Rogers and Justin Lenards. An LS9 was used for monitors. Lenards who mixed FOH and Monitors said “Love it, great little console.”

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