LD Systems Rides Contour at Rodeo

May 4, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Texas-based rental/installation company LD Systems has taken delivery of multiple Lake Contour digital speaker processors, which were used to provide processing and control of the company’s sound reinforcement setup at the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (March 2-21, 2004).

LD Systems' Robert Ausmus reported that the company's sound reinforcement system serves the rodeo competitions and the nightly music concerts. This year, LD Systems put together a high-tech system that includes a trio of digital consoles (two Total Recall digital DiGiCo D5-56 consoles at front-of-house and monitor positions) and fiber-optic drive lines, fielding six audio technicians, seven lighting techs, three video techs and a production event coordinator.

"It's an intense setup," Ausmus said of the sound system. "In total, 39 drive lines service five separate speaker types in eight separate time domains. We bought eight Contour units and are using one unit as a drive/global EQ and the other modules for the various speaker products. Lake Contour was intuitive to set up and easy to use, and we are extremely happy with the end results. I did feel that it was going to do exactly everything I wanted, and it's done that and more. In fact, we're blown away!"

The 136-cabinet speaker system, configured in 16 arrays in the lower bowl (trimmed at 55 feet) with another 16 in the upper bowl (at 125 feet) comprises medium-throw, long-throw and ultralong-throw cabinets plus downfill boxes, and includes custom EAW trap boxes and Electro-Voice X-Line line array units.

"We time-aligned and tuned one quadrant of the arena then mirrored that to the other three quadrants," Ausmus continued. "In all, we're using 13 separate Contour crossover modules, along with a View Sonic wireless touchscreen tablet and Cisco access point."

Nightly concerts take place on a mobile stage in the center of the rodeo arena. "It's logistically a unique job. It's probably the world's biggest mono P.A., as it's in the round with a rotating stage. The stage is portable and is moved into a parked position so that they can do rodeo on the dirt. Then, it drives itself out for the performances." Performances this year included those from Beyoncé, Brooks & Dunn, Willie Nelson, John Mayer, George Strait, Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, Enrique Iglesias, Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, and Kelly Clarkson, among many others.

For more information on LD Systems, visit www.ldsystems.com. For more information on the Lake Contour, visit www.contour.lake.com.

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