While Austin, TX was busy during this year’s SXSW, Nomad Sound (Austin) was supporting the conference with sound production primarily featuring NEXO line arrays along with Yamaha digital consoles. Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems supplemented Nomad’s array of NEXO and Yamaha gear to lend a helping hand.
The Austin Music Hall played host to such acts as Chance the Rapper, Tove Lo, The Ting Tings, Clean Bandit, Elle King, the Mowglis, and a several dozen more. Nomad brought in two NEXO S118 subs per side, nine M46 boxes coupled with 9 B112s per side, and 20 S118s on the ground with four M28 boxes used as front fills. The monitor package consisted of eight 45N-12 wedges downstage, with an RS18 Ray Sub/45N-12 combo used as a drum monitor. A Yamaha CL5 digital console was used for front of house mix with a CL5 for monitors. Rio3224-D and 1608-D input/output boxes were combined, daisy-chain style, for interface purposes. Seven NUAR amp racks powered the entire system.
“The NEXO STM delivered an absolutely superb quality of sound at the Austin Music Hall” states Stefan Bouts, Nomad system tech. “The S118 subs are true and very musical in their response. The M46/B112 combination continues to amaze me in their performance, particularly for me, as primarily a system technician, the speed at which we can deploy or strike such a large and great sounding array, thanks to the PistonRig system.”
South by San Jose, held in the parking lot of the Hotel San Jose, is one of the unofficial SXSW side parties, this year featuring Gang of Four, The Ting Tings, The Zombies, and The Church, to name a few. For this stage, the NEXO rig consisted of three per side NEXO M28s ground stacked, two per side B112s sitting on four per side STM subs. A six-pack of NEXO PS15s, along with a Yamaha QL5 digital audio console was used for monitors.
Nomad’s rig for the Waterloo Records stage consisted of six per side GEO S1210/1230s with six RS18 ray subs plus one S1210 for front fill. On deck was a six-pack of PS15’s, plus LS600 paired with a 1210 sitting on top as drum fill. A Yamaha CL5 digital audio console was used at front of house.
The Textile stage consisted of two per side GEO S1210/1230 with four RS18s powered by a single NEXO 4×4 NXAmp. A Yamaha CL1 digital console was used for front of house.
The Whole Foods Rooftop stage consisted of two per side GEO S1210/1230s with four double RS18s powered by one NXAmp 4×4 with a Yamaha CL3 at FOH and QL5 digital console at monitors.
And finally, the VH1 Palladia Showcase at Cedar Door consisted of two per side GEO S1210/1230 over four LS18 subs and four S118 subs, with GEO S1210 side fills, 45 N-12 monitor wedges and Yamaha QL5 at monitors, all powered by NUARs.
“It’s widely agreed by every engineer that the NEXO 45 N-12 monitor wedges are some of the truest and most punch-packing monitors we’ve ever used” Bouts adds. “We installed a pack of them at The Parish club before SXSW, but this was our first chance to really break them in ourselves, and they absolutely slam!”