New York, NY (November 22, 2013)—Blackhawk Audio of White House, TN provided the sound reinforcement for this year’s Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, a 58-city tour that will continue through March 2014. A Meyer Sound Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcement system is being used for the tour.
Winter Jam is a speedy tour; most shows take place on consecutive nights, and tickets are only available at the door for $10.
“The time frame is extremely tight, so the sound system has to go up and come down quickly,” says Jamie Nixon of Blackhawk Audio. “It also has to clearly deliver powerful sound to the back rows of the largest NBA-level arenas. Leo delivers on both counts.”
The tour’s Leo system is anchored by main hangs of 12-each Leo-M line array loudspeakers, bolstered by 12 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and six 700-HP subwoofers. The end-stage configuration also includes 24 Mica line array loudspeakers for outfill, as well as dual clusters of MSL-4, CQ-1, CQ-2, and UPA-1P loudspeakers to cover seats to the side of the stage. A Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system comprised of two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and two Galileo 616 processors handles system drive and optimization.
“With the power of the Leo-M and the 1100-LFC in particular, we get better coverage in the bigger arenas using fewer boxes,” Nixon said. “With the rising production costs, we're delighted that the system helps save truck space.”
Avid Venue Profile consoles are used for FOH and monitors, while the performers use Shure PSM 1000 IEMs and Shure ULX-D wireless microphone systems.