Live performances have been on the increase at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, has seen its live music element increase substantially in recent years. This year, a popular club venue – Park City Live (PCL) – was equipped with new Bose Professional RoomMatch loudspeakers driven by PowerMatch amplifiers for 11 nights of musical performances by artists such as O.A.R., Matisyahu, Kaskade, Nervo, Dash Berlin, Ludacris and Steve Aoki.
In addition, a second, temporary venue at the exclusive Montage Deer Valley hotel and ski resort hosted shows by O.A.R. (in a rare acoustic set), John Popper, Richie Sambora, KT Tunstall, Lee Dewyze and others. These shows also utilized a Bose RoomMatch loudspeakers set up specifically for shows during the festival.
At PCL, the system was composed of two arrays, each consisting of RM5505, RM7010, RM9020 and RM12040 loudspeaker modules. At the front of the stage were eight RMS215 subwoofers and eight RMS218 VLF subs. These were powered by 15 Bose PowerMatch PM8500N networked amplifiers and managed by three Bose ControlSpace ESP-00 engineered sound processors.
At the Montage hotel, the system offered dual RoomMatch groundstack configurations, each containing RM12020 and RM9010 modules with a RMS215 and a RMS218 VLF sub. These were powered by four PM8500N amps and used a single ESP-00 processor.
“This is a music festival inside a film festival,” says Kathryn Burns, a longtime Park City resident who took over Park City Live in 2012 and has transformed it into a premier music venue. “The RoomMatch speakers sound amazing. People are not walking in expecting this level of sound quality. Many times attendees complimented the sound, and the fact that it sounded amazing no matter where you were in the room.”
O.A.R. front-of-house mixer Michael Larcey liked mixing on the RoomMatch system. “It has an incredibly smooth sound for vocals,” he states. “I mixed through it in two very different kinds of rooms from one night to the next, from PCL to the Montage, but I heard lots of the same characteristics in each space. There’s just a real consistency and smoothness to it that you don’t hear in other systems.”
Alfred “Al-Tee” Williams, FOH for the Ludacris show at Park City Live, adds, “I had never mixed a Ludacris show using Bose RoomMatch array loudspeakers. During sound check, I walked all around the main floor then up to the balcony VIP sections – I was amazed at how good the coverage was in all areas – very smooth everywhere.
“But the real test came when I played some tracks for sound check that contained some really deep bass parts. His song, ‘How Low Can You Go’ has a drop-tone that goes below 30 Hz and many subwoofers just cannot handle this at the sound levels we need. I was blown away by the low-bass depth and impact that the RoomMatch subwoofers provided. I’m telling all my buddies, ‘You’ve got to check out these new Bose RoomMatch subwoofers.”
Sean Quackenbush, house mixer at the Montage venue during Sundance, as well as for steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph, has had several experiences with the RoomMatch system and has nothing but praise for its ability to tame even the most challenging of environments. “RoomMatch is an amazing piece of technology,” he says. “It sounds great with very little processing at all.”