Martin Audio Reigns in NC State Fair

May 6, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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When the concrete, glass and steel frame of the Dorton Arena—home to the North Carolina State Fair— produced reverb times greater than six seconds, Raleigh-based RMB Audio brought in a Martin Audio W8LC Compact Line Array to help solve the problem. “We pulled the system up as high as we could to try and hit the audience floor before the first reflection got back to the crowd,” says RMB Audio head Cooper Cannady.

For the arena's two audio systems, RMB Audio chose 24 Martin Audio W8LC Compact three-way line array cabinets for front-of-house, along with 8 W8C cabinets for side seating and 8 aW8S bass cabinets mounted on the floor.

The front-of-house system for the fair included Chevin Research A6000, A2500 and Quad 900 amplifiers, a Soundcraft SM20 48-channel mixer, eight Ashly GQX3102 stereo 1/3 octave EQs, a Quad gate Drawmer 404, Sony R7 reverbs, and dbx 166 stereo comp/limiters for processing, along with 16 Martin Audio LE700 biamped wedges, two Martin Audio Triamped drum fills and two Martin Audio W8/WS sidefills, along with a selection of Shure, Beyer, Sennheiser and Crown microphones.

Engineers worked on a Midas Heritage 2000 console augmented by two Brooke Siren 960 stereo 1/3 octave EQs, a Drawmer DL241B stereo compressor limiter, two Brook Siren FDS-388 OMNIDRIVES, two XTA DP200s, two Drawmer DS404 4 channel noise gates, three Drawmer DS441 quad compressor limiters, an Eventide H3000, T.C. Electronic D-2 Delay and two Yamaha SPX-990s.

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