Chicago, IL (October 18, 2016)—This year’s Riot Fest may go down in music history as the day hell froze over when the Misfits reunited with original singer Glenn Danzig for a horror-filled set, but it was also notable for sporting four stages of Martin Audio provided by Technotrix, including the main Riot and Roots stages equipped with MLA.
For the main stages, audio manager Brent Bernhardt explains, “Festival management wanted us to have the PA throw different distances during the day. Zone 1 (Day Zone) was about 50 feet past front of house, with coverage dying hard beyond that so they could draw fans into the stage area and not have them spread out all over the lawn. Early evening or Zone 2 was for direct support bands, and we’d open up MLA another 100 feet. Then Zone 3 would be for headliners in the evening and that was the system full on.
“We needed to maintain levels at FOH of 104 dB A-weighted and have these hard die offs happen segmentally without affecting the rock show up front. To do that, we used a combination of different adjustable deltas and Hard Avoid in the MLA control scheme to create the noise cancellation in specific zones during those times of the day.”
The actual setup for Riot and Roots stages included 11 MLA and a MLD a side, with 18 MLX subs ground-stacked in front of the stage in a cardioid deployment of six stacks of three, each evenly spaced 4 feet apart to allow for camera platforms, cryogenics and other special effects.
In addition, each stage had Martin Audio LE2100 monitor wedges, two WS218X with W8LCs on top per side for sidefill subs and two WS218X subs with W8LCs on top per side for drum fills. OSA International, Inc., an MLA Network partner, provided supplementary Martin Audio equipment for the event.