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Powersoft helps boost Bardentreffen Festival’s island theme

Partner Barowski AG provided sound reinforcement for the main stage

Powersoft’s flagship amplifiers were out in force recently at the annual Bardentreffen Festival in Nuremberg.

For the second consecutive year, Powersoft partner Barowski AG provided sound reinforcement for the main stage, situated on the Hauptmarkt in front of the city’s main town hall.

Billed as ‘Germany’s largest world music festival’, and attracting more than 200,000 visitors over the three days, for its 41st edition Bardentreffen focused on a variety of music from around the globe under the theme, Sounds of the Islands.

Barowski AG had first fielded their X8 racks for the 2015 edition, but according to Michael Barowski, chairman of the board, they increased their inventory for this year. “We now have five X8 racks and an additional X4 touring set,” he says. “Each amp in our rental stock occupies a single rack for maximum flexibility.”

In addition to the X4/X8 the production company also deployed additional Powersoft amps for other applications, such as driving delays and nearfill speakers.

The main PA in this case consisted of EV X-Line, with further EV Xi-series enclosures deployed for outfill and nearfill duties as well as drumfill on stage. Other monitor speakers included wedges from Rocksound and L-Acoustics.

Barowski ran the complete sound system on Dante using Powersoft’s two redundant digital streams, connected to Yamaha CL5 digital mixer for FOH, PM5D for monitor, and two Rio 32-16 stage boxes. The entire festival was run via 5-core Ethernet Multicore (one line adapted for analogue signals as Intercom/Talkback/Shoutbox via CatCore stage boxes).

As for the touring racks, these were modified CPA racks manufactured by Amptown, and have a footprint of 60cm x 80cm, measuring a third or quarter width of a standard truck. Barowski says: “A double stack is exactly 120cm high, which matches most of our cases when tipped in the truck, therefore a real advantage compared to what we had previously. Now we can load our trucks faster and more effectively; being able to dispense with super-heavy amp racks is a real advantage especially for delivery to small locations with mini-trucks.”