Fresno, CA (November 21, 2012)—California-based audio company Speeda Sound recently purchased 18 Powersoft K3 DSP+AESOP power amplifiers to help with sound reinforcement during the more than 50 state fairs the company provides equipment for throughout the year.
The company has deployed the new amplifiers in a compact, two-rack stage monitor package after an evaluation process verified that the Powersoft K3's could withstand the harsh environmental conditions of the annual California fair circuit.
"We put the K3's into every environment that we could - heat, cold, dust, rough terrain, you name it - and on everything from heavy rock to heavy country to heavy rap," says Mike King, president and founder of Speeda Sound. "Never once did we find a situation where they overheated or anything. Not once did they fail, from the day we put them in the racks."
Speeda Sound, established in 1977, also provides production sound for other entertainment events, but is primarily focused on California's calendar of fairs, which are held from February through October.
"We needed something really compact that has a lot of power," King continues. "Weight was also a consideration. The K3 weighs 27 pounds and is just one rack space, plus it has all the digital processing built in, with control of parameters and presets." The size and weight were important issues, as the 18 amplifiers needed to fit into two racks of a three-rack package that could fit under a Yamaha PM5D or Avid Profile digital console. "The whole thing can be strapped together and rolled away in a matter of seconds," says King.
The new Powersoft K3 amps brought an improvement to the performance of the JBL VRX monitor wedges that they are powering, according to Harris. "We get anywhere from five to 12 different guest artists coming through using the amps every week. We've gotten lots of compliments - because they're seeing the same wedges from other companies. Guys are digging them."