Tucson, AZ (November 17, 2016)—When launching a new festival, there’s a host of concerns that have to be dealt with, from logistics to getting the right inaugural line-up. And just as paramount is the sound of the actual show, which can make or break the fledgling fest’s chances of returning the following year. That was the challenge facing Soundwave Productions recently when it fielded a new Martin Audio MLA Compact system at the debut edition of the Dusk Music Festival.
Held at the Rillito Downs Park racetrack at the base of the Catalina Mountains, the show offered up Calexico, Gaby Moreno, Luna Aura, Matt and Kim, RL Grime, Danny Brown, A-Trak, DJ Mustard and Wild Belle.
Soundwave FOH Engineer and System Tech Erich Schmoldt noted, “We used 12 MLA Compact boxes a side that were suspended from a Stageline SL320 mobile stage. We also deployed eight WSX subs a side, ground-stacked in front of the stage and powered by Martin Audio 4.2 power amps and processed with Lab.gruppen Lake LM44s. We also used Martin Audio LE1200s as wedge monitors on stage and an Avid Venue Profile console for FOH and Avid SC48 for Monitors.
“The noise rejection in the no go zones, especially on and behind the stage, was the key to the MLA rig,” he added. “In terms of crowd coverage, the sound went about 300 feet out until the area for the charity vendors where we had ‘hard cut’ which we could do easily with the system. We also made adjustments for different times during the day. When it was EDM later at night, people were up closer so we started cutting it off closer to the stage because we had that kind of control.”