Las Vegas, NV (March 22, 2017)—Legendary power-poppers Cheap Trick played Las Vegas’ Foundry Hall on New Years Eve, but they didn’t use a line array from the usual suspects. “It was a little strange to just see one box per side,” said FOH engineer Bill Kozy. “We usually tend to think that ‘more is better.’” Cheap Trick may want you to want them, but by the end of the show, Kozy wanted Danley Sound Labs point-source loudspeakers: “The system was amazing, and I loved everything about it,” he said.
Foundry Hall regularly uses Danley loudspeakers. “Engineers are used to seeing line arrays, and Danley’s smaller footprint can put them off,” said James Rush, co-owner of JR Sound, the firm responsible for designing Foundry Hall’s system and for its day-to-day operation. “I had a couple of Danley’s new J3-94 Jericho Horns and their new DNA 20k4 Pro and DNA 10k4 Pro amplifiers on loan from Danley for demos, and the Cheap Trick guys were happy to give them a spin. It would be a nice, big way to do New Years Eve! Long story short, they loved Danley’s coverage and clarity, including our on-stage Danley SM-80 monitors.”
Kozy confirmed that, recalling, “The output was focused on the crowd and was very even, which made it easier to mix and gave the fans a better experience. We had plenty of volume. As far as mixing goes, I didn’t have to alter my approach at all; it was business as usual.”
The band used a dozen of Foundry Hall’s existing Danley SM-80s for monitors. “[Monitor engineer] Steve was pretty wedded to the idea of having 15-inch monitors, especially for Cheap Trick’s drummer, who doesn’t use subwoofers and yet needs a big, loud kick,” said Rush. “I said, ‘trust these 12-inch Danley SM-80s, they’ve got plenty of output.’”
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