Kix Brooks, performing with Mackie HD speakers
Denver, CO (June 10, 2011)—-When Kix Brooks, Robin Williams, Louis Black and Lance Armstrong did a recent Middle East tour for the USO, Mackie HD speakers went with them.
For Dano Goforth’s Denver-based Windfield Productions, there’s no such thing as a typical show. The Denver-based company handles everything from corporate events and seminars, to festivals and religious occasions. And on any given day you may find Goforth loading his Mackie systems into a C-17 military jet for a USO tour in the Middle East.
Goforth recently upgraded Windfield’s inventory to include Mackie’s HD1221 loudspeakers. “We use the 1221s on pretty much everything,” says Goforth. “I’ve used them for mains, for monitors, for side fills, all kinds of stuff. We’re also using the new HD1501 and 1801 subwoofers.”
As Goforth points out, “portability” takes on a different perspective on military tours. “Loading in and out of Blackhawks, C-130s or C-17s, a lot of times space is at a real premium,” he says. “The gear has to be compact, easy to handle, and able to take a beating and work in all kinds of climates and conditions.”
Some tours include additional shows on even smaller transport. “On some of these outpost tours, we’ll do a big show one night and then take a smaller system – just a couple of our SRM450 boxes on sticks, and the same thing for monitors – and do shows at one or two smaller forward operating bases,” says Goforth.
The shows present a wide range of performers, and the HD’s versatility has already proven itself. “The last tour went around the world in eight days with Kix Brooks, Robin Williams, Louis Black and Lance Armstrong,” says Goforth. “That was the first tour we used the HDs on, and everyone really loved them.”