Nashville, TN (November 11, 2015)—Country music is all about working hard and playing hard—and artist Phil Vaught does a lot of both, playing a minimum of 200 nights a year. In order to keep a consistency to his gigs, he’s been touring with FBT’s StageMaxX 12ma monitor wedges, and as he tells it, they were the right choice for his brand of crossover country.
“The way I look at it,” said Vaught, “when you’re hauling that much equipment down the road for as many shows as we do, you want to be as compact and efficient as you can be. FBT monitors are incredibly well designed. They’re small. They’re compact and coaxial by design. The definition and tight kick on them is right where it needs to be.”
Kent Laabs, president of Soundworks Systems, Inc. in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, originally suggested the FBT StageMaxX 12ma to Vaught. A sound engineer for 30 years, Laabs noted, “but this monitor is something special. The sound is extremely accurate and in phase due to the coaxial configuration, which allows for perfect alignment of the acoustic centers on both low and high frequency transducers. I can honestly say it’s one of the best I’ve heard.”
“When you’re the guy standing behind the wedge up on stage, you’re hearing something completely different than what the crowd hears through the mains,” says Vaught. “With my FBT’s, I don’t have to EQ anything. The first time I used them, I just ran everything flat and they were perfect, right out of the box. Literally. I just plugged them in and I didn’t have to worry about anything. And when I say I get a big sound, there is plenty of available head room and all of the components are of such good quality that it’s just hard to beat anything that’s that compact.”