“We use NEXO speakers on these types of projects because of their ability to throw long distances and the coverage they provide,” states Dan Brown, Event Services manager, Reach Communications. “We have become very comfortable with the NEXO NS-1 software and know that when we tune the speakers in the simulation and adjust the coverage, it will turn out exactly how we need.”
With adverse weather that hit the area during setup, the team had to adjust onsite as setup time was reduced. “There was a lot of rain that week which is not normal for Texas in October,” says Brown. “We had around 11 inches of rain from Sunday through Friday. But even with the rain delays, we were able to get our speakers up for soundchecks and didn’t need to worry about the water as the NEXO boxes are fairly weather proof and handled rain well.”
Brown said that with such a large venue, they needed to cover a lot of space without having delay speakers and towers everywhere. “The main seating was around 500 feet deep and 800 feet wide, and we covered this with two main and two side hangs as well as two main delay hangs. We also had planned on four far delay hangs that were set up 1,000 feet back on the pit road. However, because of weather, this was reduced to two far delay hangs. The sound quality, even at the far back delay, was very good and the low end from the main stage still enhanced this coverage even at 1,200 feet (which was the start of the listening area). The rigging for the NEXO STM is very versatile and allows for multiple hanging points and configurations enabling us to optimize weights and hanging locations for each show.”
For ‘Together’ Dallas, the NEXO configuration consisted of 18 M46/B112 and 1 M28DF per side, 24 RS18 Ray Subs, 16 S118 subs for the main PA, and 12 M46/B112 and 2 x M28DF per side for outhangs. 15 M28 were used for delays, 12 M28 for far delays, and 8 GEO M10 for frontfills. 50 NXAMP 4X4 amplifiers and 1 4X2 Mk 2 (for M10 frontfills) powered the system that was all controlled through NeMo, NEXO’s system management software. On stage, Reach used 16 PS15-R2 stage monitors/side fills, 2 RS18 Ray Sub side fills, and NEXO 2 Msub15s for drum subs.
“STM outperformed expectations,” says Val Gilbert, one of the on-site NEXO engineers. “The priority on this event was vocal clarity over the extremely wide and deep listening area. The system went beyond what was expected, with great intelligibility up to almost 200 meters. A second line of delays was implemented to cover the tiered seating of the speedway, however, unusually, this area was completely separate to the main site, some 200 meters further back. So, the area was covered with the 2 delay towers of 12 M28s, still benefitting a strong low-end extension from the main PA. Intelligibility was fantastic considering the almost invisible delay towers covering the massive seating area.”