Atlanta-based In Concert Productions deployed a d&b audiotechnik V-Series system to deliver sound reinforcement to an estimated audience of about 50,000 at Lenox Square in Atlanta for the shopping venue’s annual Independence Day celebration on July 4.
The event included a 10,000-piece fireworks display and live music provided by the Sons of Sailors (a Jimmy Buffet tribute band) and Party on the Moon.
“We had 50 percent of the audience directly in front of the stage, another 25,000 down the side streets; so a lot of people to cover in widely different listening positons relative to the performance stage,” explains Jay Rabbit, president of In Concert. “We used a d&b V system throughout, even the delays. We’ve not had the system that long and used d&b’s ArrayProcessing (AP) to provide consistent tone and level for the whole audience.
“We had so much head room in the system and such good quality sound, you could see it in the public reaction,” he continues. “We’ve never had so many people come up to us afterwards and say how good it sounds and ask us for a business card.”
Independent sound engineer Garry Sharp has mixed Lenox Square July 4 celebrations for many years, and this year he was presented with something new. “The sonic clarity of the d&b V-Series speaker system was amazing,” Sharp says. Along with the V and J-INFRA subs, the entire rig had a feeling of power I had never really heard before.
“Everywhere I went, it sounded the same which is really the key to a concert speaker system and shows the aiming and array software works very well. I did almost no overall EQ adjustments and no matter what level I was running at, tonal balance never changed. With the accuracy of the d&b system, you better have your mix together because, as I like to say, there is no place to hide.”
One of the conditions Sharp had to contend with was climate: “The show was in 100-degree heat,” he notes, “with typical Georgia mid-summer 60 to 70 percent humidity. It even rained a couple of times during the day. The d&b D80 amps were fine with the heat, and the adjustment for temperature and humidity available within the AP tool kept the sound right as Garry needed it to be.
“That’s what’s so cool about this system; I recall seeing Garry walk down to the stage and then back to the rear of the audience and the first thing he said was, ‘Hey, it’s not ripping people’s heads off at the front, yet when you walk back it doesn’t fall off either. We are loving that.’ We know just what he meant.”
Specifically, In Concert provided 24 V cabinets (including delays)—a mix of V8 and V12—with 16 V-SUBs and four J-INFRAs. “We like the V-Series for its versatility,” Rabbit states. “Here we are doing a big outdoor show and we can equally specify this system for an indoor corporate event. The Vs are just amazing.”