For the second consecutive year, the Hollywood Casino in Toledo, OH is presenting the Spotlight Summer Nights series of concerts in an open-air setting on the banks of the Ohio River, with scheduled headliners including Smokey Robinson, .38 Special, Night Ranger, Travis Tritt, Wilson Phillips, George Thorogood, Pat Benatar, Everclear, Soul Asylum, Chevelle, and Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen.
Toledo-based Great Lakes Sound, in tandem with the casino, has put together a sound reinforcement system for the series that’s headed by RCF line arrays joined by dB Technologies subwoofers to provide coverage in a space that’s a re-purposed parking lot with temporary staging and seating, with an interstate running behind it. It’s a situation calling for exceptional sound control and reproduction.
Specifically, the main system incorporates eight RCF TTL33-A active 3-way line array elements flown per side, joined by eight dB Technologies DVA-S30N dual 18-inch subs. Sets of RCF 4PRO 6001 loudspeakers coupled with a dB Technologies DVA-S20DP subwoofer deliver side fill, with the stage outfitted with dB Technologies DVX DM15 active monitors.
“On delivery day the system was rigged and immediately put to the test,” notes Great Lakes Sound owner Bill Robison. “The dB Technologies DVA-S30S subwoofers do a great job and are a perfect compliment. The system is quick and easy to install. Also, because all of the boxes in the system are powered, our normal footprint is greatly reduced. This is nice because it’s a pretty cozy venue in terms of backstage and wing space.”
He adds, “So far, all of the traveling engineers who have mixed on the system have had pleasant things to say about the RCF and dB Technologies package.”
Because the loudspeakers are flown on a temporary basis, RCF RDNet is a critical component, with the RS-485 proprietary protocol allowing for monitoring and control of components and parameters. As the rig is flown for a show, on-board amplifiers and each individual transducer can be tested to be verified as being in proper working order. And, Robison is able to meet with each performer’s front-of-house engineer during rehearsal walk-through and quickly apply any necessary changes needed in the system.