San Diego, CA (August 14, 2014)—As the local audio provider for the Pasadena Symphony and POPs, Complete Production Rentals recently fielded a sizable Vue Audiotechnik al-8 line array system for a performance at the LA Arboretum.
Jack Haffamier, founder of Complete Production Rentals (CPR), invited the Vue team out to the venue to evaluate the symphony's needs and produce an EASE model of the facility. "I was very interested in testing the al-8 in real-world conditions," he said. "The LA Arboretum can be a challenging venue, and I was particularly concerned about getting adequate low- and mid-frequency coverage out to 280 feet."
Ultimately, the team settled on using a pair of front hangs with 16 al-8 boxes each, supported with additional near field coverage in the form of four al-4 elements suspended below. Power and processing for the al-8 arrays was supplied by eight Vue V6 systems engines, and a pair of V4 systems engines handled the smaller al-4 elements. Vue h-12 and i-2x4.5 systems were used for front-fill, and eight Vue hs-28 ACM subs tackled the low-end. Midas Pro2 consoles were used at front of house and monitorworld.
"Even with unexpected delays, I was impressed at how quick the al-8 was to fly," explained Haffamier. "We had a relatively short setup window, and to further complicate things, upon arrival we discovered that our Condor boom had been borrowed by a local film crew. Once the boom was retrieved, the al-8's simple rigging and compact size allowed us to fly and aim the system with time to spare."