Sulphur, LA (January 27, 2017)—Festivals always provide audio companies with a level of exposure, letting them show artists and their engineers what the companies are capable of. That’s what happened for Sulphur, LA-based Deep South Productions when it tackled audio for the Marshland Festival in Lake Charles, LA. After performing there, artist Frank Foster turned to DSP to become his regular audio provider.
“It’s where my business relationship with DSP’s owner Marvin Simon was cemented,” said Foster. “I’m into every aspect of my show, especially the sound, and I appreciate the difference I get from DSP, especially since Marvin bought that new German audio system.” The audio system in question was a new d&b audiotechnik rig.
“This d&b investment was a game changer for us,” said Simon. “Initially Joe DiFalco from d&b recommended a V-Series system for us, a nice mid-sized line array. In the shop, we sat down as a team and considered the alternatives from other manufacturers; several looked pretty good. So we looked at 20 technical riders and fourteen of them had d&b as an acceptable system.”
However, when Simon called up several sound engineers and production managers to get their input, “They all said fine, ‘but go for the J-Series’. That was about three years ago. Sure, committing to the bigger J system stretched us financially, but I have to say Joe and d&b put a good package together for us. We took a look at where Frank was headed and we bought the shop: J8s, J12s, J-SUBs and J-INFRAs. We even bought a bunch of M4 wedges.”
Foster’s long time front of house mixer. Jayce Bosman, noted, “There are some good systems out there: I’ve been mixing for thirty years and used all of them. But every aspect of the J system delivers quality; it’s phenomenal. The off axis control is really tight. For someone like Frank who doesn’t have a super loud vocal, I don’t have to worry too much about where he’s going and that gives me more freedom to mix. The J-Series is a great place to start when you get to a gig; you don’t need a lot of system EQ, if any. Just dial in the band and go.”
Deep South Productions