Napa Valley, CA (July 16, 2013)—A Martin Audio MLA line array system was the speaker of choice at this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley festival, a new four-day music festival held at California’s Napa Valley Expo fairgrounds.
The festival combined the musical performances of artists including Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, The Zac Brown Band, The Black Crowes and more, with a variety of food, wine, beer and comedy for a new experience.
Delicate Productions of Camarillo and San Francisco were in charge of the audio, lighting and LED, controlling the audio from houses in the fairgrounds. To assure festival goers had audio coverage on all five stages, Delicate Productions chose to set the main stage with a MLA system, along with a full compliment of Martin Audio for the other stages.
Delicate’s design team for the system was comprised of lead audio engineer Brian Basilsky working with company president Jason Alt and general manager George Edwards. The main (Sliverado/Willpower) stage consisted of a L/R hang with16 MLA and 4 MLD Downfill cabinets per side, a left-left side hang of 6 MLA Compact (no right-right side hang because of nearby houses); 12 W8LM for front fill; 24 ground-stacked MLX subs, and 16 MLA Compact enclosures for delays. The Monitor/Stage system included L/R hangs of 4 W8C; 4 W8CS compact subs; and two WS218X subs for side fills, along with four WS18X drum subs.
Rounding out the full complement of Martin Audio at the festival was a MLA Compact system with DSX subs at the second stage; W8LC systems for the third and comedy stages and a smaller trapezoid WT3 system for the local stage.
“There’s no system out there that could duplicate what we achieved in terms of audio control with MLA,” commented Alt. “The way we were able use to steer the subwoofers and the system, our ability to determine an accurate end point and really have audio die off before the end of the property line was so important. The only audio that people heard at a distance was because of the immersion layer in the atmosphere. It had nothing to do with audio really spilling that far.”