Knoxville, TN (December 1, 2016)—The Knoxville Urban League’s annual gala is always a big event. This year, Mike Brown, president of M&M Productions (Oak Ridge, TN), provided production for the evening, fielding an FBT rig for a house system that had to handle numerous speakers and R&B legends Tower of Power.
“When you have a production that combines spoken presentations with a concert of this magnitude, it can be tricky,” said Brown. “If you don’t use the right equipment and plan it well, the presenters can sound unnatural, over reinforced. We used six FBT Muse 210la’s and three Subline 218s per side for this event – and five 206la Mitus boxes for the center fill.
“The line arrays made a huge difference because it was an extremely wide room. Instead of using point and shoot boxes, we were able to put the line array in there, giving us smooth coverage and pattern control. The presenters sounded natural no matter where you were in the room, and the band—14 pieces with a full horn section—had plenty of power behind it. It just sounded incredible.”
Brown credited some of that to the fact that FBT provides EASE plots for all its speakers: “This makes it easy for us to drop them in, set up based on what our coverage and sound pressure look like in a computer model, and get even, reliable, smooth sound throughout any venue.”
By the end of 2016, M&M Productions will have produced just over 500 corporate events around the U.S., providing sound for The Doobie Brothers, Lady Antebellum, Boney James, En Vogue and others.